A huge security bug in Microsoft's Web server, Internet Information Server
(IIS), was revealed this week and the company has already posted a fix. The
bug affects IIS 3.0 and 4.0, and there is a separate fix for each server.
Basically, the bug allows users browsing an IIS site to read the source
code for ASP files--IIS server-side files that contain scripting code that
can contain system passwords--by appending the string "::$DATA" to the end
of a URL. For example, to view the code contained in the file found at
http://www.myserver.com/test.asp (not a real address), you could type:
The bug also affects other file type, including SHTML and Perl files.
To counter this problem, the Microsoft Product Security Response Team has produced a hot-fix for IIS 4.0. Both hot-fixes can be found on the Microsoft FTP site: