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Rule:

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Sid:
2056

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Summary:
This event is generated when an attempt is made to exploit a known 
vulnerability in a web server using the TRACE command.

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Impact:
Possible disclosure of information.

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Detailed Information:
The TRACE method is used when debugging a webserver to ensure that 
server returns information to the client correctly. When used with other
vulnerabilities it is possible to use the TRACE method to return 
sensitive information from a webserver such as authentication data and 
cookies.

This is known as a Cross Site Tracing (XST) attack.

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Affected Systems:
All platforms running a webserver that responds to the TRACE method.

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Attack Scenarios:
The attacker needs to perform a TRACE request to a vulnerable server.

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Ease of Attack:
Simple

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False Positives:
The TRACE method is legitimate and may be used to debug a webserver or 
can be used to debug other networking equipment.

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False Negatives:
None Known

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Corrective Action:
Disable the webserver from responding to TRACE requests.

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Contributors:
Sourcefire Research Team
Brian Caswell <bmc@sourcefire.com>
Nigel Houghton <nigel.houghton@sourcefire.com>

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Additional References:

CERT:
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/867593

Nessus:
http://cgi.nessus.org/plugins/dump.php3?id=11213

RFC:
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt

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