Bug 1488481 (CVE-2017-9793) - CVE-2017-9793 struts: DoS attack via crafted XML payload processed by REST Plugin using XStream library
Summary: CVE-2017-9793 struts: DoS attack via crafted XML payload processed by REST Pl...
Alias: CVE-2017-9793
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1488487 1488488
Blocks: 1488486
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-09-05 13:43 UTC by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2021-02-17 01:37 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: struts 2.5.13, struts 2.3.34
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A flaw was found in the Struts REST plugin when using an outdated XStream library. An attacker could perform a denial of service attack using a malicious request with specially crafted XML payload.
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Last Closed: 2017-09-06 08:49:11 UTC

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Description Adam Mariš 2017-09-05 13:43:38 UTC
The REST Plugin is using outdated XStream library which is vulnerable and allow perform a DoS attack using malicious request with specially crafted XML payload.

Affected versions:	

Struts 2.3.7 - Struts 2.3.33, Struts 2.5 - Struts 2.5.12

External References:


Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2017-09-05 14:01:17 UTC
Created struts tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: epel-7 [bug 1488487]
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1488488]

Comment 4 Chess Hazlett 2019-09-17 19:59:05 UTC

A previous statement by Red Hat related to this CVE, prior to August 2019, said that Apache Struts 2 is not included in any Red Hat products. This earlier statement was incorrect. While Struts 2 is not actively compiled, shipped, used, or enabled in any Red Hat provided final products, and does not cause any vulnerability in the product, struts2-core jars have been included in some products' source code packages. The inclusion was part of an import of the Google Guice repository, which includes struts2-core. Customers that build artefacts from our source code could be at risk. Red Hat will remove these artefacts from source code in future releases.

The products that included the Struts 2 artefacts in their source jars:
Fuse Service Works 6.0.0
Single Sign On 7.3.0+

If you have used the source package from one of these products to build artefacts on your system, you should do the following to remove potentially affected jars:
1. Run 'find . -name struts2*.jar' under the source location
2. Remove any files found
This will not affect the product, as the jar is included with the source of google-guice, but no functionality requiring struts2 is implemented.

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