SSRT3522 Sec. Vulnerabilities in Tomcat 3.3.1
Published: 2003-03-18 17:03:08
Updated: 2003-03-18 17:03:08

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Originally issued: 17 March 2003
SSRT3522 Sec. Vulnerabilities in Tomcat 3.3.1
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PROBLEM: Potential vulnerabilities with using Tomcat 3.3.1 or
       a) When used with JDK 1.3.1 or earlier:
          - it allows remote attackers to potentially list
            directories even with an index.html or other file
            present, or obtain unprocessed source code for a
            JSP file, via a URL containing a null character.
          - it uses trusted privileges when processing the
            web.xml file, which could allow remote attackers to
            read portions of some files through the web.xml file.
       b) With Cross-site scripting (XSS), in the (1) examples
          and (2) ROOT web applications for Jakarta Tomcat 3.x
          upto but not including 3.3.1a, allows remote attackers
          to potentially execute arbitrary web script.

    Note: No such potential vulnerability has been specified for
          Tomcat 4.x.

    More details are available at:

IMPACT:   Remote unauthorized access or potential code execution.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX release 11.00, 11.11,
          11.20, and 11.22 with versions of the following products
          are affected, and represented as:
               product-name, version (product-tag/bundle-tag)

        - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
          This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1.

        - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
          (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)
          This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1.

       OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 installations using Apache Tomcat 3.2.3.

SOLUTION: For HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20 and 11.22
          download new HP Apache product from

        For ApacheStrong/B9415AA download the following:
        - hp apache-based web server, or later
          This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1a.

        For HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA download the
        - hp-ux tomcat-based servlet engine, v. or later
          This product includes Tomcat 4.1.12.

        For OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 installations manually upgrade
        see below.

NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.  This Security
      Bulletin will be updated when such becomes available.

                Install the product containing the fix.
                For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or
                HPApache/B9416BA installed, the fix requires
                migration to hpuxwsTOMCAT/hpuxwsTomcat and
                removing the affected products from the system.

AVAILABILITY: Complete product bundles are available now on

A. Background
    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
    <> has identified multiple potential
    vulnerabilities in the Jakarta-Tomcat servlet engine
    (CAN-2003-0042, CAN-2003-0043, CAN-2003-0044).
    It affects the following HP product numbers/versions on
    HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20 and 11.22::

   - hp apache-based web server, or earlier

   - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
     (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)

B. Recommended solution
   The Apache Group has released Tomcat 3.3.1a as the best known
   version that fixes the problems identified in the above
   mentioned issues.

   For customers using ApacheStrong/B9415AA, HP has incorporated
   Tomcat 3.3.1a in the following product:
   - hp apache-based web server or later

   For customers using HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA,
   HP has incorporated Tomcat 4.1.12 in the following product:
   - hp-ux tomcat-based servlet engine v. or later

   NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.
         This Security Bulletin will be updated when such becomes

   Check for Tomcat Installation
   To determine if the Tomcat Servlet Engine from HP is installed
   on your system, use Software Distributor's swlist command.
   Since Tomcat is not visible at the "product" level, search for
   Apache.  All versions of products may co-exist on a single

   For example, the results of the command:
     swlist -l product | grep -i apache

     ApacheStrong     HP Apache-based Web Server
                                   with Strong (128bit) Encryption
     HPApache  HP Apache-based Web Server

   Stop Tomcat
   Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Tomcat binary.
   Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running,
   preventing the new one from starting, although the installation
   would be successful.

   After determining which Tomcat is installed, stop Tomcat with
   the following commands:

     for ApacheStrong:    /opt/tomcat/bin/
     for HPApache:        /opt/hpapache2/tomcat/bin/

   Since Tomcat is bundled with Apache, Apache also needs to be

     for ApacheStrong:    /opt/apache/bin/apachectl stop
     for HPApache:        /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop

   Download and Install Tomcat and Apache
   - Download Tomcat/Apache from Software Depot using the
     previously mentioned links.
   - Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the
     value specified on the installation web page.
   - Use SD to swinstall the depot.
   - For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or HPApache/B9416BA
     installed, migrate to hpuxwsTOMCAT/hpuxwsTomcat and
     remove the affected products from the system.

   Installation of this new version of HP Apache over an existing
   HP Apache installation is supported, while installation over a
   non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

   NOTE: For OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 users manually upgrade the Tomcat
         Application server as a workaround.  This security
         bulletin will be updated when OV patches become

   Removing Tomcat Installation
   If you rather remove Tomcat from your system than install a
   newer version to resolve the security problem, use both
   Software Distributor's "swremove" command and also "rm -rf" the
   home location as specified in the rc.config.d file "HOME"

   To find the files containing HOME variables in the
   /etc/rc.config.d directory:

     %ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache

   NOTE:  Apache will also be removed.

   NOTE:  For HP Apache 1.3.x, you must manually remove the Apache
          directory in addition to the Tomcat directory. Apache is
          under directory "/opt/apache" for HP Apache 1.3.x.

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