#VU59051 Infinite loop

Published: 2021-12-19 | Updated: 2021-12-26

Vulnerability identifier: #VU59051

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-45105


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: Yes

Vulnerable software:
Apache Log4j
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products

Vendor: Apache Foundation


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

The vulnerability exists due to infinite loop within the StrSubstitutor class. A remote attacker can pass specially crafted input to the application, consume all available system resources and cause denial of service conditions.

Payload example: ${${::-${::-$${::-j}}}}

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Vulnerable software versions

Apache Log4j: 2.8 - 2.16.0


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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?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.

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