HTTP request smuggling in Apache Tomcat



Published: 2021-07-29
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2021-33037
CWE-ID CWE-444
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Apache Tomcat
Server applications / Web servers

Vendor Apache Foundation

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Inconsistent interpretation of HTTP requests

EUVDB-ID: #VU55423

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.3 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-33037

CWE-ID: CWE-444 - Inconsistent Interpretation of HTTP Requests ('HTTP Request Smuggling')

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to preform HTTP request smuggling attacks.

The vulnerability exists due to improper validation of HTTP requests, related to processing of transfer encoding headers.  A remote attacker can send a specially crafted HTTP request to the server and smuggle arbitrary HTTP headers.

Successful exploitation of vulnerability may allow an attacker to poison HTTP cache and perform phishing attacks.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Apache Tomcat: 10.0.0 - 10.0.6, 9.0.0 - 9.0.46, 8.5.0 - 8.5.66


CPE2.3 External links

http://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r612a79269b0d5e5780c62dfd34286a8037232fec0bc6f1a7e60c9381%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.



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