Apache 2.4.x < 2.4.16 Multiple Vulnerabilities

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Apache 2.4.x < 2.4.16 Multiple Vulnerabilities


According to its banner, the version of Apache 2.4.x installed on the remote host is prior to 2.4.16. It is, therefore, affected by the following vulnerabilities :

- A flaw exists in the lua_websocket_read() function in the 'mod_lua' module due to incorrect handling of WebSocket PING frames. A remote attacker can exploit this, by sending a crafted WebSocket PING frame after a Lua script has called the wsupgrade() function, to crash a child process, resulting in a denial of service condition. (CVE-2015-0228)

- A NULL pointer dereference flaw exists in the read_request_line() function due to a failure to initialize the protocol structure member. A remote attacker can exploit this flaw, on installations that enable the INCLUDES filter and has an ErrorDocument 400 directive specifying a local URI, by sending a request that lacks a method, to cause a denial of service condition. (CVE-2015-0253)

- A flaw exists in the chunked transfer coding implementation due to a failure to properly parse chunk headers. A remote attacker can exploit this to conduct HTTP request smuggling attacks. (CVE-2015-3183)

- A flaw exists in the ap_some_auth_required() function due to a failure to consider that a Require directive may be associated with an authorization setting rather than an authentication setting. A remote attacker can exploit this, if a module that relies on the 2.2 API behavior exists, to bypass intended access restrictions. (CVE-2015-3185)

- A flaw exists in the RC4 algorithm due to an initial double-byte bias in the keystream generation. An attacker can exploit this, via Bayesian analysis that combines an a priori plaintext distribution with keystream distribution statistics, to conduct a plaintext recovery of the ciphertext. Note that RC4 cipher suites are prohibited per RFC 7465. This issue was fixed in Apache version 2.4.13; however, 2.4.13, 2.4.14, and 2.4.15 were never publicly released.

Note that the scanner has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Apache version 2.4.16 or later. Alternatively, ensure that the affected modules are not in use.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 98908

Type: remote

Published: 1/9/2019

Updated: 10/7/2021

Scan Template: scan, pci, api

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-0228


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:apache:http_server:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/8/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/8/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0228, CVE-2015-0253, CVE-2015-3183, CVE-2015-3185