Section 5.2. Backdoor URLs

5.2. Backdoor URLs

Backdoor URLs are resources that can be accessed directly via URL when direct access is unintended or undesired. For example, a web application might display sensitive information to authenticated users:

     <?php     $authenticated = FALSE;     $authenticated = check_auth();     /* ... */     if ($authenticated)     {         include './sensitive.php';     }     ?> 

Because sensitive.php is within document root, it can be accessed directly from a browser, bypassing the intended access control. This is because every resource within document root has a corresponding URL. In some cases, these scripts may perform a critical action, escalating the risk.

In order to prevent backdoor URLs, make sure you store your includes outside of document root. The only files that should be stored within document root are those that absolutely must be accessible via URL.

Essential PHP Security
Essential PHP Security
ISBN: 059600656X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 110

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