Path Equivalence: 'filename.' (Trailing Dot)
Weakness ID: 42 (Weakness Variant)Status: Incomplete
+ Description

Description Summary

A software system that accepts path input in the form of trailing dot ('filedir.') without appropriate validation can lead to ambiguous path resolution and allow an attacker to traverse the file system to unintended locations or access arbitrary files.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
+ Applicable Platforms



+ Observed Examples
CVE-2000-1114Source code disclosure using trailing dot
CVE-2002-1986,Source code disclosure using trailing dot
CVE-2004-2213Source code disclosure using trailing dot
CVE-2005-3293Source code disclosure using trailing dot
CVE-2004-0061Bypass directory access restrictions using trailing dot in URL
CVE-2000-1133Bypass directory access restrictions using trailing dot in URL
CVE-2001-1386Bypass check for ".lnk" extension using ".lnk."
+ Potential Mitigations

see the vulnerability category "Path Equivalence"

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base41Improper Resolution of Path Equivalence
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfWeakness VariantWeakness Variant162Improper Sanitization of Trailing Special Elements
Research Concepts1000
ParentOfWeakness VariantWeakness Variant43Path Equivalence: 'filename....' (Multiple Trailing Dot)
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
PLOVERTrailing Dot - 'filedir.'
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
PLOVERExternally Mined
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time of Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy Mappings
Previous Entry Names
Change DatePrevious Entry Name
2008-04-11Path Issue - Trailing Dot - 'filedir.'