PHP contains code for preventing direct access to the CGI binary with configure option "--enable-force-cgi-redirect" and php.ini option "cgi.force_redirect". In PHP version 4.3.0 there is a bug that renders these options useless.
NOTE: This bug does NOT affect any of the other SAPI modules (such as the Apache or ISAPI modules, etc.).
Anyone with access to websites hosted on a web server that employs the CGI module may exploit this vulnerability to gain access to any file readable by the user under which the web server runs.
A remote attacker could also trick PHP into executing arbitrary PHP code if attacker is able to inject the code into files accessible by the CGI. This could be for example the web server access-logs.
The PHP Group has released a new PHP version, 4.3.1, which incorporates a fix for the vulnerability. All users of affected PHP versions are encouraged to upgrade to this latest version. The downloads web site at http://www.php.net/downloads.php
This URL links to the source tarballs, Windows binaries, and source patch from 4.3.0. You will only need to upgrade if you are using the CGI module of PHP 4.3.0. There are no other bug fixes contained in this release.