ASP.NET Misconfiguration: Creating Debug Binary
Weakness ID: 11 (Weakness Variant)Status: Draft
+ Description

Description Summary

Debugging messages help attackers learn about the system and plan a form of attack.

Extended Description

ASP .NET applications can be configured to produce debug binaries. These binaries give detailed debugging messages and should not be used in production environments. Debug binaries are meant to be used in a development or testing environment and can pose a security risk if they are deployed to production.

+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
  • Operation
+ Applicable Platforms



+ Common Consequences

Attackers can leverage the additional information they gain from debugging output to mount attacks targeted on the framework, database, or other resources used by the application.

+ Demonstrative Examples

Example 1

The file web.config contains the debug mode setting. Setting debug to "true" will let the browser display debugging information.

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Example Language: XML 
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

Change the debug mode to false when the application is deployed into production.

+ Potential Mitigations

Avoid releasing debug binaries into the production environment. Change the debug mode to false when the application is deployed into production (See demonstrative example).

+ Background Details

The debug attribute of the <compilation> tag defines whether compiled binaries should include debugging information. The use of debug binaries causes an application to provide as much information about itself as possible to the user.

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
Seven Pernicious Kingdoms (primary)700
ChildOfCategoryCategory10ASP.NET Environment Issues
Development Concepts (primary)699
ChildOfWeakness VariantWeakness Variant215Information Leak Through Debug Information
Research Concepts (primary)1000
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
7 Pernicious KingdomsASP.NET Misconfiguration: Creating Debug Binary
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
7 Pernicious KingdomsExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Demonstrative Example, Potential Mitigations, Time of Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Other Notes, Taxonomy Mappings
2008-11-24CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Description, Other Notes
2009-07-27CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Background Details, Common Consequences, Demonstrative Examples, Description, Other Notes