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

Solution:

- 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.

References:

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

History:

- 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.

Description

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)

Exploit

If your webroot directory has three depth(e.g /usr/local/wwwroot), An
attacker can access arbitrary files as below. (Proof-of-concept)
http://www.target.com/%c0%ae%c0%ae/%c0%ae%c0%ae/%c0%ae%c0%ae/foo/bar
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