Denial of service in Apache Struts

Published: 2014-02-06 | Updated: 2019-04-15
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2014-0050
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Apache Struts
Server applications / Frameworks for developing and running applications

Vendor Apache Foundation

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Infinite loop

Severity: Medium


CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0050

CWE-ID: CWE-400 - Uncontrolled Resource Consumption ('Resource Exhaustion')


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to cause DoS conditions on the target system.

The weakness exists due to boundary error when handling Content-Type HTTP header for multipart requests. By sending a specially crafted Content-Type header, containing 4092 characters in "boundary" field, a remote attacker can cause the application to enter into an infinite loop.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in denial of service on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.


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Vulnerable software versions

Apache Struts: 2.1.0, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.1.6, 2.1.7, 2.1.8,, 2.2.0, 2.2.1,, 2.2.2, 2.2.3,, 2.3.1,,, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4,, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7, 2.3.8, 2.3.9, 2.3.10, 2.3.11, 2.3.12, 2.3.13, 2.3.14,,,, 2.3.15,,,, 2.3.16

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.