Apache Tomcat 5.x < 5.5.35 Hash Collision Denial of Service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 57540


The remote web server is affected by a denial of service vulnerability


According to its self-reported version number, the instance of Apache Tomcat 5.x listening on the remote host is prior to 5.5.35. It is, therefore, affected by a denial of service vulnerability.

Large numbers of crafted form parameters can cause excessive CPU consumption due to hash collisions.

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


Upgrade to Tomcat 5.5.35 or later. Alternatively, as a workaround, set the 'maxPostSize' configuration variable to the lowest sensible value required to support your hosted applications.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 57540

File Name: tomcat_5_5_35.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: combined

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: Web Servers

Published: 2012/01/13

Updated: 2020/03/11

Dependencies: 39446, 130175, 130590

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2011-4858

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apache:tomcat

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Apache Tomcat

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/01/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2011/12/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4858, CVE-2012-0022

BID: 51200, 51447

CERT: 903934