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From Nitin Mule <ni...@pulsus.com>
Subject general/7350: Can hack htaccess based authentication using IE5
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2001 17:06:55 GMT

>Number:         7350
>Category:       general
>Synopsis:       Can hack htaccess based authentication using IE5
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Mar 02 09:10:13 PST 2001
>Originator:     nitin@pulsus.com
>Release:        1.3.17
Redhat Linux 7: Kernel 2.2.16-22 i86
1. Protect a directory called /members/ using .htaccess
2. Create a file called index.html in that directory
3. Configure DirectoryIndex to serve index.html
4. Point IE5 to /members/index.html
5. Click Cancel in Login box or enter random login/passwords
6. Browser will display authentication error message
7. Click Back on the browser and the browser will display /members/index.html page without
any authentication!!!

This doesn't happen with Netscape 4.7

If you point to members/members.html (or any other file other than index.html) everything
works fine in both Netscape and IE5.
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