#VU25502 Path traversal in Apache Tomcat

Published: 2020-03-18 | Updated: 2023-02-22

Vulnerability identifier: #VU25502

Vulnerability risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 9.4 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1938


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: Yes

Vulnerable software:
Apache Tomcat
Server applications / Web servers

Vendor: Apache Foundation


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation in Apache Tomcat AJP connector. A remote attacker can send a specially crafted AJP request, include and execute arbitrary files on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

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Vulnerable software versions

Apache Tomcat: 9.0.0 - 9.0.30, 8.5.0 - 8.5.50, 7.0.0 - 7.0.99, 6.0.0 - 6.0.53

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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?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.

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