Liferay Portal 6.2.x < 6.2.5 / 7.0.x < 7.0.6 / 7.1.x < 7.1.3 / 7.2.x < 7.2.1 RCE

critical Nessus Plugin ID 155678


An application running on a remote web server host is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability


The version of Liferay Portal installed on the remote host is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability in its JSON web services component. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to bypass authentication and execute arbitrary commands.

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


Upgrade to Liferay Portal 6.2.5, 7.0.6, 7.1.3, 7.2.1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 155678

File Name: liferay_7_2_1.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 11/23/2021

Updated: 5/26/2023

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-7961


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:liferay:liferay_portal

Required KB Items: installed_sw/liferay_portal

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/18/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/25/2019

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 5/3/2022

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Liferay Portal Java Unmarshalling via JSONWS RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-7961

IAVA: 2021-A-0296-S