Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : tomcat6, tomcat7, tomcat8 vulnerability (USN-3081-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 93600
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionDawid Golunski discovered that the Tomcat init script incorrectly handled creating log files. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain root privileges. (CVE-2016-1240)
This update also reverts a change in behaviour introduced in USN-3024-1 by setting mapperContextRootRedirectEnabled to True by default.
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.