Apache Tomcat < 4.1.37/5.5.26/6.0.16 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 4614


The remote host is vulnerable to multiple attack vectors.


The remote host is running Apache Tomcat.

This version of Tomcat is reported to be vulnerable to several flaws. First, the application fails to sanitize user input to the 'RequestDispatcher' method. An attacker exploiting this flaw could request content outside the web root (typically through the use of '../' or similar sequences). If successful, the attacker could gain access to confidential data. Second, the application is vulnerable to a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack via the 'HttpServerResponse.sendError()' function. The user-supplied data is echoed back within the response headers and could lead to arbitrary code being executed within the browser of Tomcat clients.


Upgrade or patch according to vendor recommendations.

See Also

http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/[email protected]

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 4614

Family: Web Servers

Published: 2008/08/05

Modified: 2016/11/23

Dependencies: 3057

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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


Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.9


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apache:tomcat

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1232, CVE-2008-2370

BID: 30496, 30494