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Sybase EAServer Remote Directory Traversal Vulnerability



Sybase EAServer is the leading solution for distributed and Web-enabled PowerBuilder applications. EA Server can be used to run multiple websites, portals or Web applications. It allows access from Web browsers and provides a development platform for enterprise Web services. For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link:


Remote exploitation of a directory traversal vulnerability in Sybase Inc.'s EAServer could allow an attacker to read arbitrary files.

The vulnerability is due to a failure by the Sybase EAServer HTTP Server to restrict directory traversals. As a result, sensitive file path locations outside the configured HTTP Server restricted directory can be accessed by an attacker. No authentication is required to access the HTTP Server.


Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain control over the affected machine.

By specifying a file path with multiple directory traversal sequences such as "/.../../", it is possible for an attacker to access sensitive files hosted on EAServer using the privileges of the HTTP server. An attacker may be able to read important system files, which will result in information disclosure, and can potentially lead to full host compromise.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Sybase EAServer 6.3.1 Developer Edition running on Windows 2003 Server.


The HTTP Server uses TCP port 8000 by default. This port may be firewalled on the EAServer host.


Sybase has released patches which address this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


03/29/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
04/03/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
05/25/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Sow Ching Shiong.

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