Apache Tomcat up to 7.0.93/8.5.39/9.0.17 on Windows JRE Command Line Argument input validation

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Apache Tomcat up to 7.0.93/8.5.39/9.0.17 on Windows (Application Server Software). This affects an unknown functionality of the component JRE. The manipulation as part of a Command Line Argument leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 04/10/2019. The weakness was disclosed 04/15/2019 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at lists.apache.org. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2019-0232 since 11/14/2018. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

After 3 weeks, there has been an exploit disclosed. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is shared for download at seclists.org. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 5 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 351573 (Amazon Linux Security Advisory for tomcat8: ALAS-2019-1208).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at SecurityFocus (BID 105524). Further details are available at seclists.org. The entries 124791, 129727, 133290 and 137903 are pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.3

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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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10/03/2018 🔍
11/14/2018 +42 days 🔍
04/10/2019 +147 days 🔍
04/15/2019 +5 days 🔍
04/16/2019 +1 days 🔍
04/30/2019 +14 days 🔍
06/07/2020 +404 days 🔍


Vendor: https://www.apache.org/

Advisory: lists.apache.org
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2019-0232 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 105524 - Apache Tomcat CVE-2018-11784 Open Redirection Vulnerability

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013
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Created: 04/16/2019 10:28 AM
Updated: 06/07/2020 08:26 AM
Changes: (4) vulnerability_discoverydate advisory_confirm_url source_securityfocus_date source_securityfocus_class
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misc (+0)
1 Year ago
The exploit is available in Metasploit as well: "https://www.rapid7.com/db/modules/exploit/windows/http/tomcat_cgi_cmdlineargs"

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