On February 19, National Vulnerability Database (NVD) released a JNDI injection vulnerability (CVE-2020-8840) in jackson-databind. However, gadget deserialization in jackson-databind also affects Fastjson. According to researchers from NSFOCUS, when the AutoType fucntion is enabled (disabled by default), this vulnerability affects Fastjson 1.2.62, allowing attackers to result in remote arbitrary code execution on the target machine.
Fastjson is an open-source JSON library developed by Alibaba to parse JSON strings. It can be used to serialize JavaBean into a JSON string and deserialize a JSON string to JavaBean. Fastjson works efficiently and therefore is widely used. Users should take preventive measures as soon as possible.
Scope of Impact
- Fastjson <= 1.2.62
Currently, there has been no official release to fix this vulnerability. Affected users that have enabled the AutoType function (disabled by default) can disable it and upgrade JDK to the latest version for risk aversion.
Users can disable the AutoType function in either of the following ways:
- Find the following code in the source code and delete it:
- When enabling Fastjson on a Java virtual machine, remember not to add the following parameter:
Users are advised to check the vendor’s official website from time to time so as to get the related patch as soon as possible.
Protection with Security Products
NSFOCUS Web Application Firewall (WAF)’s legacy protection rule (27004899) can protect against this vulnerability. Users should update protection rules on the device as soon as possible for vulnerability protection.
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