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Sophos Web Protection Appliance patience.cgi Directory Traversal



This module abuses a directory traversal in Sophos Web Protection Appliance, specifically on the /cgi-bin/patience.cgi component. This module has been tested successfully on the Sophos Web Virtual Appliance v3.7.0.


  • Wolfgang Ettlingers
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez@metasploit.com>


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/admin/http/sophos_wpa_traversal
msf auxiliary(sophos_wpa_traversal) > show actions
msf auxiliary(sophos_wpa_traversal) > set ACTION < action-name >
msf auxiliary(sophos_wpa_traversal) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf auxiliary(sophos_wpa_traversal) > run 

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