Apache Tomcat 5.5.x < 5.5.30 Multiple Vulnerabilities

medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 5786
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Synopsis

The remote Apache Tomcat server is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.

Description

According to its self-reported version number, the Apache Tomcat server listening on the remote host is 5.5.x prior to 5.5.30. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities:

- An error in the access restriction on a 'ServletContext' attribute which holds the location of the work directory in Tomcat's SecurityManager. A remote attacker may be able to modify the location of the working directory which then allows improper read and write access to arbitrary files and directories in the context of Tomcat.(CVE-2010-3718)

- An error exists in the handling of the 'Transfer-Encoding' header of a client request. This error affects buffer recycling and may lead to the disclosure of sensitive information or allow a denial of service attack to be successful. (CVE-2010-2227)

- An error exists in the handling of the '<realm-name>' element in a web application's web.xml file. If the element is missing from the web.xml file and the application is using BASIC or DIGEST authentication, Tomcat will include the server's hostname or IP address in the 'WWW-Authenticate' header of the response. (CVE-2010-1157)

Note that Nessus Network Monitor did not actually test for the flaws but instead has relied on the version in Tomcat's banner or error page so this may be a false positive.

Solution

Upgrade to Apache Tomcat 5.5.30 or later.

See Also

http://tomcat.apache.org/security-5.html

http://tomcat.apache.org/security-5.html#Fixed_in_Apache_Tomcat_5.5.30

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 5786

Family: Web Servers

Published: 2/11/2011

Updated: 3/6/2019

Nessus ID: 47749

Risk Information

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:apache:tomcat:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Patch Publication Date: 7/9/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/9/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-2227, CVE-2010-3718, CVE-2010-1157

BID: 41544, 46177, 39635

IAVA: 2011-A-0066