Apache Log4Shell RCE detection via Path Enumeration (Direct Check HTTP)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 156016


The remote web server is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The remote web server is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability via a flaw in the Apache Log4j library. The vulnerability is due to the processing of unsanitized input sent to a logging function. A remote, unauthenticated attacker can explolit this, via a web request to execute arbitrary code with the permission level of the running Java process.


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.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 156016

File Name: log4j_log4shell_www.nbin

Version: 1.29

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 12/12/2021

Updated: 1/17/2023

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 10


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 Score Source: CVE-2021-44228


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

CISA Known Exploited Dates: 12/24/2021

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-44228

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

CEA-ID: CEA-2021-0052