RHEL 5 : jakarta-commons-collections (RHSA-2015:2671)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 87519


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated jakarta-commons-collections packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

The Jakarta/Apache Commons Collections library provides new interfaces, implementations, and utilities to extend the features of the Java Collections Framework.

It was found that the Apache commons-collections library permitted code execution when deserializing objects involving a specially constructed chain of classes. A remote attacker could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the application using the commons-collections library. (CVE-2015-7501)

With this update, deserialization of certain classes in the commons-collections library is no longer allowed. Applications that require those classes to be deserialized can use the system property 'org.apache.commons.collections.enableUnsafeSerialization' to re-enable their deserialization.

Further information about this security flaw may be found at:

All users of jakarta-commons-collections are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. All running applications using the commons-collections library must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 87519

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-2671.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/12/21

Modified: 2018/01/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:U/RC:ND


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:U/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections-javadoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections-testframework, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections-testframework-javadoc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:jakarta-commons-collections-tomcat5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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: 2015/12/21

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-7501

OSVDB: 130493

RHSA: 2015:2671