‫ Unpatched Apache flaw

ID :IRCNE2011111322
Date: 2011-11-26
yet-to-be-patched flaw discovered in the Apache HTTP server allows attackers to access protected resources on internal networks if some rewrite rules are not defined properly.
The vulnerability affects Apache installations that operate in reverse proxy mode, a type of configuration used for load balancing, caching and other operations that involve the distribution of resources over multiple servers.
In order to set up Apache HTTPD to run as a reverse proxy, server administrators use specialized modules like mod_proxy and mod_rewrite.
Security researchers from Qualys warn that if certain rules are not configured correctly, attackers can trick servers into performing unauthorized requests to access internal resources.
In order to mitigate the problem server administrators should add a forward slash before $1 in the rewrite rule, the correct form being "^(.*) http://internal_host/$1", Parikh said.
The Apache developers are aware of the problem and are currently discussing the best method of fixing it. One possibility would be to strengthen the previous patch in the server code in order to reject such requests, however, there's no certainty that other bypass methods won't be discovered.
 
 
 

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