[Snort-sigs] SID 1071 documentation

Kevin Peuhkurinen kevin.peuhkurinen at ...1555...
Wed Jun 11 09:27:02 EDT 2003

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.htpasswd access"; flow:to_server,established; content:".htpasswd"; 
nocase; classtype:web-application-attack; sid:1071; rev:5;)
A client is requesting the file ".htpasswd" from your web server.
If this request is successful, it could provide an attacker with 
valuable information needed to compromise your website.
Detailed Information:
Most *nix based web servers, such as Apache and Netscape Enterprise 
Server, use ".htpasswd" files to store user names and encrypted 
passwords.   The users listed in these files are referred to by 
".htaccess" files that can be stored in specific directories.   Best 
practices dictate that ".htpasswd" files be kept out of the URI path 
entirely.  However, in some cases exceptions to this practice are made, 
in which case the server software should be configured to disallow 
direct client access to this file.
Affected Systems:
Any system that uses ".htpasswd" files, stores them in the URI path, and 
which have misconfigured the server to allow client access to them.
Attack Scenarios:
This is an information gathering operation which could facilitate an attack.
Ease of Attack:
It is simple to send a request for this file, but the request would only 
be successful if the file exists and the server allows access to it.
False Positives:
False Negatives:
None known.
Corrective Action:
First determine if the attack is successful by requesting the file 
yourself.   If the request is granted, re-evaluate if this file needs to 
be in the web site path, and ensure that your web server is configured 
to deny access to all files that begin with ".ht".
Kevin Peuhkurinen
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