IBM WebSphere HTTP Request Header Remote Overflow

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 11181


The remote service is vulnerable to denial of service attack.


It was possible to kill the WebSphere server by sending an invalid request for a .jsp with a too long Host: header.

An attacker may exploit this vulnerability to make your web server crash continually.


Upgrade to IBM Websphere Application Server 4.0.4 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 11181

File Name: websphere_too_long_header.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.25 $

Type: remote

Family: Web Servers

Published: 2002/12/02

Modified: 2016/11/29

Dependencies: 10582, 10107, 17975

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:ibm:websphere_application_server

Required KB Items: www/ibm-http

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2002/09/30

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2002/09/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1153

BID: 5749

OSVDB: 2092