Apache Dubbo Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-1948) Patch Bypass Threat Alert

Apache Dubbo Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-1948) Patch Bypass Threat Alert

julho 6, 2020 | Adeline Zhang


On June 23, NSFOCUS reported that Apache Dubbo contained a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2020-1948) resulting from deserialization.

Apache Dubbo is a high-performance Java RPC framework. The vulnerability exists in Hessian, a default deserialization tool used by Apache Dubbo. An attacker may exploit it by sending malicious RPC requests which usually contain unidentifiable service or method names and some malicious parameter loads. When malicious parameters are deserialized, the vulnerability is triggered, allowing the attackers to remotely execute code.

The vendor released Version 2.7.7 to fix the vulnerability, but to no avail. It turns out that the patch can be bypassed, leaving the framework still vulnerable. At present, the vendor has not released any new patch against this 0-day vulnerability.

Affected Version

Dubbo Version <= 2.7.7

Unaffected Versions



       The vendor has not released the latest version. Users should stay tuned.


       Users can take the following temporary measures:

  1. Restrict access to the Dubbo service to trusted IP addresses only;
  2. Since the vulnerability results from the deserialization process of Hessian, try using other deserialization ways instead provided that this does not affect your own business.

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