PHPix Directory Traversal Vulnerability

PHPix is a web-based photo-album system written in PHP. It is vulnerable to an attack that allows a malicious remote user to view arbitrary files on the target webserver with the privileges of the webserver. The problem is that "../" character sequences can be supplied by the user in an http variable that is used to reference a file on the webservers filesystem. As a result, the attacker can construct a path relative to the current working directory of the webserver using ".."'s and then the target filename/path to read any readable (to the uid of the httpd process) file on the filesystem. The information gained may make it easier to compromise the system in other ways.


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