Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : tomcat6, tomcat7, tomcat8 vulnerability (USN-3081-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 93600


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Dawid 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.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93600

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3081-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/09/20

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

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


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtomcat6-java, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtomcat7-java, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libtomcat8-java, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:tomcat6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:tomcat7, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:tomcat8, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/09/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1240

OSVDB: 144341

USN: 3081-1