Apache Tomcat Session Deserialization Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-9484) Threat Alert

Apache Tomcat Session Deserialization Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-9484) Threat Alert

June 5, 2020 | Mina Hao

Overview

Recently, Apache Tomcat released a security advisory, announcing the fix of a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2020-9484) due to persistent session. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability only when the following conditions are met:

  1. The attacker can take control of the contents and name of a file on the server.
  2. The server is configured to use the PersistenceManager with a FileStore.
  3. The PersistenceManager is configured with sessionAttributeValueClassNameFilter=”null” or a sufficiently lax filter to allow the attacker provided object to be deserialized.
  4. The attacker knows the relative file path from the storage location used by FileStore to the file the attacker has control over.

Then the attacker will be able to trigger remote code execution via deserialization by sending a crafted request.

Affected Versions

  • Apache Tomcat 10.x < 10.0.0-M5
  • Apache Tomcat 9.x < 9.0.35
  • Apache Tomcat 8.x < 8.5.55
  • Apache Tomcat 7.x < 7.0.104

Unaffected Versions

  • Apache Tomcat 10.x >= 10.0.0-M5
  • Apache Tomcat 9.x >= 9.0.35
  • Apache Tomcat 8.x >= 8.5.55
  • Apache Tomcat 7.x >= 7.0.104

Solution

Apache Tomcat has released the latest version to fix the preceding vulnerability. Affected users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible. Users who cannot upgrade to the latest version for the time being can disable the FileStore function temporarily or set the value of sessionAttributeValueClassNameFilte independently, making sure that only objects of specific attributes can be serialized/deserialized.

Reference link:

https://tomcat.apache.org/security.html

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