A vulnerability in idq.dll can allow an attacker to gain read access to any
file on the same logical drive as the web server virtual root. The attacker has
to know the physical path and filename of the requested file, and the ACL for
the file must specify read access for either the anonymous user or the Everyone
or Guest group.
idq.dll will follow the '../' string in the specification of a template
file. Any file can be specified as the template file. Although some IDQ files
append the '.htx' extension to the user's input, it is possible
to circumvent this by appending several spaces to the end of the requested filename,
eg: 'desiredfile.txt%20%20%20...%20%20.htx'. What this will do is provide
the '.htx' so the system thinks it is a valid template file, but when
it retrieves the file the '.htx' string is pushed out of the buffer,
the spaces are ignored, and the desired file is returned.
The webhits.dll patch (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-006, at
and Bugtraq ID 950, at
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/950 may in some cases affect the nature of this
vulnerability. If this patch has been applied, IDQ files will only be vulnerable if
they do not append the .htx extension.