Jens Steube reported two vulnerabilities in webfs, a lightweight HTTP server for static content.
CAN-2003-0832 - When virtual hosting is enabled, a remote client could specify ".." as the hostname in a request, allowing retrieval of directory listings or files above the document root.
CAN-2003-0833 - A long pathname could overflow a buffer allocated on
the stack, allowing execution of arbitrary code. In order to exploit
this vulnerability, it would be necessary to be able to create
directories on the server in a location which could be accessed by
the web server. In conjunction with CAN-2003-0832, this could be a
world-writable directory such as
For the current stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 1.17.2.
For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in version 1.20.
We recommend that you update your webfs package.
MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.