Improper Authentication in ActiveMQ



Published: 2020-09-14
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-13920
CWE ID CWE-287
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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ActiveMQ
Server applications / Mail servers

Vendor Apache Foundation

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Improper Authentication

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3: 3.4 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-13920

CWE-ID: CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote non-authenticated attacker to gain access to sensitive information.

Apache ActiveMQ uses LocateRegistry.createRegistry() to create the JMX RMI registry and binds the server to the "jmxrmi" entry. It is possible to connect to the registry without authentication and call the rebind method to rebind jmxrmi to something else. If an attacker creates another server to proxy the original, and bound that, he effectively becomes a man in the middle and is able to intercept the credentials when an user connects.

Mitigation

Install update from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

ActiveMQ: 5.15.0, 5.15.1, 5.15.2, 5.15.3, 5.15.4, 5.15.5, 5.15.6, 5.15.7, 5.15.8, 5.15.9, 5.15.10, 5.15.11

CPE External links

http://activemq.apache.org/security-advisories.data/CVE-2020-13920-announcement.txt

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.