Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 255848 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1020302.1.
Date of Resolved Release
A Security Vulnerability in the Sun Java System Directory Server May Allow Users to Probe for Filenames and View Limited Content of Files
A security vulnerability in the Online Help feature of Sun Java System Directory Server 5.2 may allow a local or remote unprivileged user to determine if particular files or directories exist on the system. In certain cases, a single line of a file's contents may be revealed as well.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, the National Australia Bank's Security Assurance Team for for the discovery and reporting of this vulnerability.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following releases for Solaris 9 and 10 on Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86 Platforms, Linux, Windows, and HP-UX:
PatchZIP (Compressed Archive) and Native package versions:
To determine the version of Sun Java System Directory Server running on a system, the following command can be run:
On Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and AIX systems:
$ cd <installation directory>/bin/slapd/serverOn 64-bit Solaris:
$ cd <installation directory>/bin/slapd/server/64On 64-bit HP-UX:
$ cd <installation directory>/bin/slapd/server/pa20_64On Windows systems:
>cd <installation directory>/bin/slapd/server3. Symptoms
There are no predictable symptoms that would indicate the described issue has been exploited to probe for files or directories on the system.
To work around this issue, disable the online help by removing the file '<install-dir>/manual/help/help'.
This issue is addressed in the following release for Solaris 9 and 10 on Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86 Platforms, Linux, Windows, and HP-UX:
For more information on Security Sun Alerts, see 1009886.1.
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Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition
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