RHEL 4 : tomcat in Satellite Server (RHSA-2009:1617)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 43845


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated tomcat package that fixes several security issues is now available for Red Hat Network Satellite Server 5.1.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Apache Tomcat is a servlet container for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technologies.

This update corrects several security vulnerabilities in the Tomcat component shipped as part of Red Hat Network Satellite Server. In a typical operating environment, Tomcat is not exposed to users of Satellite Server in a vulnerable manner: By default, only Satellite Server applications are running on Tomcat. This update will reduce risk in unique Satellite Server environments.

It was discovered that request dispatchers did not properly normalize user requests that have trailing query strings, allowing remote attackers to send specially crafted requests that would cause an information leak. (CVE-2008-5515)

A flaw was found in the way the Tomcat AJP (Apache JServ Protocol) connector processes AJP connections. An attacker could use this flaw to send specially crafted requests that would cause a temporary denial of service. (CVE-2009-0033)

It was discovered that web applications containing their own XML parsers could replace the XML parser Tomcat uses to parse configuration files. A malicious web application running on a Tomcat instance could read or, potentially, modify the configuration and XML-based data of other web applications deployed on the same Tomcat instance. (CVE-2009-0783)

Users of Red Hat Network Satellite Server 5.1 are advised to upgrade to this updated tomcat package, which contains backported patches to resolve these issues. Tomcat must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected tomcat5 package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 43845

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-1617.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.24 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/01/10

Modified: 2017/11/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:ND/RC:C


Base Score: 4.2

Temporal Score: 4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:X/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tomcat5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/11/30

Exploitable With

CANVAS (D2ExploitPack)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5333, CVE-2008-5515, CVE-2009-0033, CVE-2009-0580, CVE-2009-0783

BID: 35193, 35263, 35416

OSVDB: 41435, 55053

RHSA: 2009:1617

CWE: 20, 22, 200