CentOS 6 : tomcat6 (CESA-2013:0623)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 65225


The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated tomcat6 packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

Apache Tomcat is a servlet container.

It was found that when an application used FORM authentication, along with another component that calls request.setUserPrincipal() before the call to FormAuthenticator#authenticate() (such as the Single-Sign-On valve), it was possible to bypass the security constraint checks in the FORM authenticator by appending '/j_security_check' to the end of a URL. A remote attacker with an authenticated session on an affected application could use this flaw to circumvent authorization controls, and thereby access resources not permitted by the roles associated with their authenticated session.

A flaw was found in the way Tomcat handled sendfile operations when using the HTTP NIO (Non-Blocking I/O) connector and HTTPS. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause a denial of service (infinite loop). The HTTP blocking IO (BIO) connector, which is not vulnerable to this issue, is used by default in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Multiple weaknesses were found in the Tomcat DIGEST authentication implementation, effectively reducing the security normally provided by DIGEST authentication. A remote attacker could use these flaws to perform replay attacks in some circumstances. (CVE-2012-5885, CVE-2012-5886, CVE-2012-5887)

Users of Tomcat should upgrade to these updated packages, which correct these issues. Tomcat must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected tomcat6 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 65225

File Name: centos_RHSA-2013-0623.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/13/2013

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.4

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-5885

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-admin-webapps, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-docs-webapp, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-el-2.1-api, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-javadoc, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-jsp-2.1-api, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-lib, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-servlet-2.5-api, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:tomcat6-webapps, cpe:/o:centos:centos:6

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/12/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/17/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3546, CVE-2012-4534, CVE-2012-5885, CVE-2012-5886, CVE-2012-5887

BID: 56403, 56812, 56813

RHSA: 2013:0623