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Awstats official workaround flaw

RedTeam found a flaw in the official workaround for the remote command execution vulnerability in awstats discovered by iDefense. 


Product: Awstats
Affected Version: <= 6.2
Immune Version: 6.3
OS affected: all
Security-Risk: high
Remote-Exploit: yes
Vendor-Status: informed
Advisory-Status: public


iDefense found a remote command execution vulnerability in awstats <= 6.2, see CAN-2005-0116.

The official awstats website tells users that they are safe from remote command execution if they set the variable $!AllowToUpdateStatsFromBrowser to 0. This is not true, as the exploit can still be triggered. 

More Details

In the variable $configdir, which is used to exploit, can still be set remotely. Setting $!AllowToUpdateStatsFromBrowser to 0 only removes the link to the button which can be used to trigger updates. The variable can still be assigned per GET request.

Proof of Concept



Use the workaround provided by iDefense. See their advisory for the original vulnerability.


Fixed in version 6.3.

Security Risk

High, as arbitrary commands can be executed on the vulnerable system. 


2005-02-12 informed 
2005-02-12 CVE number requested 
2005-02-14 issue does not qualify for a CVE number. posted.
2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL


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