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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Aug 2001


    While setting up Apache 2 on my linux box, I was testing pages with lynx, rather than load up netscape. All was working fine, so I checked a page under my regular user folder (in public_html) and inadvertantly typed in ~hostnameThis gave me full directory traversal of the computer. Is this a regular feature of lynx?
    I checked it out further by telnetting to an account I had, and got the same thing. It appeared, that I had no more access than I would normally have with telnet or ssh, but I'd never run across this before. Any security problems with this, other than I shouldn't allow telnet?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
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    Nov 2001
    Actually, if you try just lynx ~ you get to browse your drive starting from your home directory (just like cd ~ takes you to your home directory).

    You probably shouldn't allow telnet access, but I don't think that has anything to do with this. It's probably just a little used feature of lynx.
    Chris Shepherd
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  3. #3
    Junior Member
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    Aug 2001
    Thanks so much for your help. I was ecstatic when I discovered the "bug". I finally convinced myself that it was normal, and posted here to make sure. Even newbies gotta learn..

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