[SECURITY] CVE-2009-3548 Apache Tomcat Windows Installer insecure default administrative password Nov 09 2009 01:52PM
Mark Thomas (markt apache org)
CVE-2009-3548: Apache Tomcat Windows Installer insecure default
administrative password

Severity: Low

The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected:
Tomcat 5.5.0 to 5.5.28
Tomcat 6.0.0 to 6.0.20

The unsupported Tomcat 3.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x and 5.0.x versions may be also

The Windows installer defaults to a blank password for the
administrative user. If this is not changed during the install process,
then by default a user is created with the name admin, roles admin and
manager and a blank password.

Users of all Tomcat versions may mitigate this issue by one of the
following methods:
- Using the .zip or .tar.gz distributions
- Specifying a strong password for the admin user when using the
Windows installer
- Removing the admin user from the tomcat-users.xml file after the
Windows installer has completed
- Editing the tomcat-users.xml file to provide the admin user with
a strong password after the Windows installer has completed

A patch for this issue [1] has been applied to trunk and will be
included in the next releases of 6.0.x and 5.5.x

This issue was reported directly [2] to the tomcat users public mailing
list by David Horheim.
Security researchers are reminded that undisclosed vulnerabilities in
Apache Tomcat should, in the first instance, be reported to the private
security mailing list. [3]

[1] http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?view=revision&revision=834047
[2] http://markmail.org/thread/wfu4nff5chvkb6xp
[3] http://tomcat.apache.org/security.html

Mark Thomas

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