You're right. But the distinction is important. If you take your car to a
mechanic and say "change the spark plug because my car won't start" and the
mechanic replies "It's not the spark plug, but rather the boot" then this
is important -- changing the spark plug won't fix the problem you reported.

In this case, someone reported that the Web server was serving JSP source
and it needed to be fixed. The response was "it's not the Web server, it's
WebSphere." Just as in the above scenario, the distinction is very
important.

By the way, this situation can also be caused by the administrator using
PASS statements that are too "liberal" in the "Original" Web server config
file(e.g. PASS /*
/mywebapps-which-include-JSP-files-in-the-html-directory/*). In general it
is a bad idea to have a PASS statement for "/*".

Patrick Botz




                    "Walden H. Leverich"
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                    11/26/2001 10:01 AM
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Isn't that somewhat like a mechanic saying "It's not the spark plug, but
rather the boot?" Either way, my car won't start!

-Walden

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President
Tech Software
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-----Original Message-----
From: Hall, Philip [mailto:phall@spss.com]
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2001 10:48 AM
To: 'security400@midrange.com'
Subject: [Security400] FW: IBM AS/400 HTTP Server '/' attack


Again, FYI:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Reinke [mailto:reinke@e-softinc.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 3:50 PM
> To: bugtraq
> Subject: Re: IBM AS/400 HTTP Server '/' attack
>
>
> According to a source from IBM,
>
>    1. It is the WebSphere version 3.5.4 of the File Serving Servlet
>       that is vulnerable, not the web server.
>
>    2. A fix is to be available in fixpack 5 due at end of November.
>
> Thomas
>
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