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Mark ThomasAug 1, 2008 7:06 am 
Subject:[CVE-2008-2370] Apache Tomcat information disclosure vulnerability
From:Mark Thomas (mar@apache.org)
Date:Aug 1, 2008 7:06:10 am
List:org.apache.tomcat.users

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CVE-2008-2370: Apache Tomcat information disclosure vulnerability

Severity: Important

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: Tomcat 4.1.0 to 4.1.37 Tomcat 5.5.0 to 5.5.26 Tomcat 6.0.0 to 6.0.16 The unsupported Tomcat 3.x, 4.0.x and 5.0.x versions may be also affected

Description: When using a RequestDispatcher the target path was normalised before the query string was removed. A request that included a specially crafted request parameter could be used to access content that would otherwise be protected by a security constraint or by locating it in under the WEB-INF directory.

Mitigation: 6.0.x users should upgrade to 6.0.18 5.5.x users should obtain the latest source from svn or apply this patch which will be included from 5.5.27 http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=680949&view=rev 4.1.x users should obtain the latest source from svn or apply this patch which will be included from 4.1.38 http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=680950&view=rev

Example: For a page that contains: <% pageContext.forward("/page2.jsp?somepar=someval&par="+request.getParameter("blah")); %> an attacker can use: http://host/page.jsp?blah=/../WEB-INF/web.xml

Credit: This issue was discovered by Stefano Di Paola of Minded Security Research Labs.

References: http://tomcat.apache.org/security.html

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