Apache Web Server ETag Header Information Disclosure Weakness

Vulnerability Severity

Host Location Actions

Apache Web Server ETag Header Information Disclosure Weakness

4.3 (Medium)
x.x.x.x 80/tcp
SummaryA weakness has been discovered in Apache web servers that are configured to use the FileETag directive.
Vulnerability Detection Result

Information that was gathered:
Inode: 815822
Size: 177
ImpactExploitation of this issue may provide an attacker with information that may be used to launch further attacks against a target network.
SolutionOpenBSD has released a patch that addresses this issue. Inode numbers returned from the server are now encoded using a private hash to avoid the release of sensitive information.Novell has released TID10090670 to advise users to apply the available workaround of disabling the directive in the configuration file for Apache releases on NetWare. Please see the attached Technical Information Document for further details.

Vulnerability Detection MethodDue to the way in which Apache generates ETag response headers, it may be possible for an attacker to obtain sensitive information regarding server files. Specifically, ETag header fields returned to a client contain the file’s inode number.Details: Apache Web Server ETag Header Information Disclosure Weakness (OID:

Version used: $Revision: 1218 $


CVE: CVE-2003-1418
BID: 6939
CERT: DFN-CERT-2015-0495
Other: https://www.securityfocus.com/bid/6939
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