Apache Log4Shell RCE detection via callback correlation (Direct Check HTTP)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 156014
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Synopsis

The version of Apache Log4j used on the remote server is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.

Description

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Apache Log4j < 2.15.0 due to insufficient protections on message lookup substitutions when dealing with user controlled input. A remote, unauthenticated attacker can explolit this, via a web request to execute arbitrary code with the permission level of the running Java process.

This plugin requires that both the scanner and target machine have internet access.

Solution

Upgrade to Apache Log4j version 2.15.0 or later, or apply the vendor mitigation.

Upgrading to the latest versions for Apache Log4j is highly recommended as intermediate versions / patches have known high severity vulnerabilities and the vendor is updating their advisories often as new research and knowledge about the impact of Log4j is discovered. Refer to https://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/security.html for the latest versions.

See Also

https://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/security.html

https://www.lunasec.io/docs/blog/log4j-zero-day/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 156014

File Name: apache_log4j_jdni_ldap_generic_http_headers.nbin

Version: 1.18

Type: remote

Family: Web Servers

Published: 12/11/2021

Updated: 1/21/2022

Dependencies: http_version.nasl

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-44228

VPR

Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 10

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apache:log4j

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/10/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/9/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-44228

IAVA: 2021-A-0573, 2021-A-0596, 2021-A-0597, 2021-A-0598, 0001-A-0650