Privilege escalation in Apache Tomcat

Published: 2019-11-22 | Updated: 2020-02-06
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2019-12418
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Apache Tomcat
Server applications / Web servers

Vendor Apache Foundation

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains information about 1 vulnerabilities.

Updated: 18.12.2019

Added information about patches for version 7.x.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU25000

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-12418

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to the local user without access to the Tomcat process or configuration files is able to manipulate the RMI registry to perform a man-in-the-middle attack to capture user names and passwords used to access the JMX interface.

Successful vulnerability exploitation requires that Apache Tomcat is configured with the JMX Remote Lifecycle Listener.


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Vulnerable software versions

Apache Tomcat: 9.0.0 - 9.0.28, 8.5.0 - 8.5.47, 7.0.0 - 7.0.97

CPE2.3 External links

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