Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 967656
CVE-2013-1966 struts2: remote command execution due to flaw in the includeParams attribute of URL and Anchor tags
Last modified: 2015-08-19 05:21:00 EDT
As per the upstream report:
Both the s:url and s:a tag provide an includeParams attribute.
The main scope of that attribute is to understand whether includes http request parameter or not.
The allowed values of includeParams are:
1. none - include no parameters in the URL (default)
2. get - include only GET parameters in the URL
3. all - include both GET and POST parameters in the URL
A request that included a specially crafted request parameter could be used to inject arbitrary OGNL code into the stack, afterward used as request parameter of an URL or A tag , which will cause a further evaluation.
The second evaluation happens when the URL/A tag tries to resolve every parameters present in the original request.
This lets malicious users put arbitrary OGNL statements into any request parameter (not necessarily managed by the code) and have it evaluated as an OGNL expression to enable method execution and execute arbitrary methods, bypassing Struts and OGNL library protections.
This flaw is reported to affect Struts 2.0.0 through to Struts 2.3.14. It is corrected in 126.96.36.199.
Note that Struts 188.8.131.52 was released due to an incomplete/incorrect fix for CVE-2013-1966 in version 184.108.40.206. A new CVE was assigned for this incomplete fix (CVE-2013-2115) but would only affect version 220.127.116.11 or any other supplied version of Struts with the incorrect patch.
This issue is fully corrected in 18.104.22.168 as per:
Not Vulnerable. This issue only affects struts 2, it does not affect the
versions of struts as shipped with various Red Hat products.
had this affected Red Hat products it would have done so with impact=critical.