Apache Struts <= 2.3.36 FileUpload Deserialization Vulnerability

critical Nessus Plugin ID 118732
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A web application running on the remote host uses a Java framework that is affected by multiple denial of service vulnerabilities.


The version of Apache Struts running on the remote host is 2.3.36 or prior. It is, therefore, affected by the following vulnerability:

- A deserialization vulnerability in Apache Commons FileUpload which could be leveraged for remote code execution. (CVE-2016-1000031)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Apache Struts version 2.5.12 or later.
Alternatively, apply the workaround referenced in the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 118732

File Name: struts_2_3_36_fileupload.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: combined

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: Misc.

Published: 11/5/2018

Updated: 12/11/2020

Dependencies: os_fingerprint.nasl, struts_detect_win.nbin, struts_detect_nix.nbin, struts_config_browser_detect.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-1000031


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apache:struts

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/11/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/25/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1000031

BID: 93604

TRA: TRA-2016-12

IAVA: 2018-A-0355-S