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Microsoft IIS Semi-Colon Vulnerability

I found a vulnerability in Microsoft IIS when I was searching about a method to execute an ASP file when we can only upload a JPG file.

The result was too simple, but interesting! I need only a semicolon between the “.asp” and the “.jpg” to execute an ASP file. So, the answer was “myfilename.asp;,jpg”. I have written some information about this vulnerability in:


I’ll try to update this PDF file if there was a need to add or change some information.

Description of this vulnerability from Secunia.com is:

Soroush Dalili has discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), which can be exploited by malicious people to potentially bypass certain security restrictions and compromise a vulnerable system.

The vulnerability is caused due to the web server incorrectly executing e.g. ASP code included in a file having multiple extensions separated by “;”, only one internal extension being equal to “.asp” (e.g. “file.asp;.jpg”). This can be exploited to potentially upload and execute arbitrary ASP code via a third-party application using file extensions to restrict uploaded file types.

The vulnerability is confirmed on a fully patched Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 running Microsoft IIS version 6. Other versions may also be affected.

There are also several websites which wrote about this weakness:

1. Secunia Advisory: Microsoft IIS ASP Multiple Extensions Security Bypass

2. Securityfocus: Microsoft IIS Malformed Local Filename Security Bypass Vulnerability

3. The Register: Microsoft IIS vuln leaves users open to remote attack

4. VUPEN Security: Microsoft IIS File Extension Processing Security Bypass Vulnerability

5. Securitytracker: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Filename Extension Parsing Flaw May Let Users Bypass Security Controls