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Denial of service in Apache Tomcat



Published: 2020-06-27
Severity Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-11996
CWE ID CWE-399
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Apache Tomcat
Server applications / Web servers

Vendor Apache Foundation

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Resource management error

Severity: Medium

CVSSv3: 6.5 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-11996

CWE-ID: CWE-399 - Resource Management Errors

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to improper management of internal resources with the application when processing HTTP/2 requests. A remote attacker can send specially crafted sequence of HTTP/2 requests to the affected server and trigger high CPU load for several seconds. A large number of such requests causes denial of service.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Apache Tomcat: 8.5.0, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 8.5.4, 8.5.5, 8.5.6, 8.5.7, 8.5.8, 8.5.9, 8.5.10, 8.5.11, 8.5.12, 8.5.13, 8.5.14, 8.5.15, 8.5.16, 8.5.17, 8.5.18, 8.5.19, 8.5.20, 8.5.21, 8.5.22, 8.5.23, 8.5.24, 8.5.25, 8.5.26, 8.5.27, 8.5.28, 8.5.29, 8.5.30, 8.5.31, 8.5.32, 8.5.33, 8.5.34, 8.5.35, 8.5.36, 8.5.37, 8.5.38, 8.5.39, 8.5.40, 8.5.41, 8.5.42, 8.5.43, 8.5.44, 8.5.45, 8.5.46, 8.5.47, 8.5.48, 8.5.49, 8.5.50, 8.5.51, 8.5.52, 8.5.53, 8.5.54, 8.5.55, 9.0.0, 9.0.0-M1, 9.0.0-M2, 9.0.0-M3, 9.0.0-M4, 9.0.0-M5, 9.0.0-M6, 9.0.0-M7, 9.0.0-M8, 9.0.0-M9, 9.0.0-M10, 9.0.0-M11, 9.0.0-M12, 9.0.0-M13, 9.0.0-M14, 9.0.0-M15, 9.0.0-M16, 9.0.0-M17, 9.0.0-M18, 9.0.0-M19, 9.0.0-M20, 9.0.0-M21, 9.0.0-M22, 9.0.0-M23, 9.0.0-M24, 9.0.0-M25, 9.0.0-M26, 9.0.0-M27, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.0.5, 9.0.6, 9.0.7, 9.0.8, 9.0.9, 9.0.10, 9.0.11, 9.0.12, 9.0.13, 9.0.14, 9.0.15, 9.0.16, 9.0.17, 9.0.18, 9.0.19, 9.0.20, 9.0.21, 9.0.22, 9.0.23, 9.0.24, 9.0.25, 9.0.26, 9.0.27, 9.0.28, 9.0.29, 9.0.30, 9.0.31, 9.0.32, 9.0.33, 9.0.34, 9.0.35, 10.0.0-M1, 10.0.0-M2, 10.0.0-M3, 10.0.0-M4, 10.0.0-M5, 10.0.0.0-M1

CPE External links

https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r5541ef6b6b68b49f76fc4c45695940116da2bcbe0312ef204a00a2e0%40%3Cannounce.tomcat.apache.org%3E

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

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

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to send a specially crafted request to the affected application in order to exploit this vulnerability.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.