Apache Tomcat <= 6.0.18 UTF8 Directory Traversal Vulnerability Aug 11 2008 08:52AM
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Title: Apache Tomcat Directory Traversal Vulnerability

Author: Simon Ryeo(bar4mi (at) gmail.com, barami (at) ahnlab.com)

Severity: High

Impact: Remote File Disclosure

Vulnerable Version: prior to 6.0.18


- Best Choice: Upgrade to 6.0.18 (http://tomcat.apache.org)

- Hot fix: Disable allowLinking or do not set URIencoding to utf8 in order to avoid this vulnerability.

- Tomcat 5.5.x and 4.1.x Users: The fix will be included in the next releases. Please apply the hot fix until next release.


- http://tomcat.apache.org/security.html

- http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2938


- 07.17.2008: Initiate notify (To Apache Security Team)

- 08.02.2008: Responsed this problem fixed and released new version

- 08.05.2008: Notify disclosure (To Apache Tomcat Security Team)

- 08.10.2008: Responsed with some suggestions.


As Apache Security Team, this problem occurs because of JAVA side.

If your context.xml or server.xml allows 'allowLinking'and 'URIencoding' as

'UTF-8', an attacker can obtain your important system files.(e.g. /etc/passwd)


If your webroot directory has three depth(e.g /usr/local/wwwroot), An

attacker can access arbitrary files as below. (Proof-of-concept)


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