Bug 1348238 (CVE-2016-4438) - CVE-2016-4438 struts: Possible RCE via REST plugin
Summary: CVE-2016-4438 struts: Possible RCE via REST plugin
Alias: CVE-2016-4438
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-06-20 14:17 UTC by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2021-02-17 03:41 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: Struts 2.3.29
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Last Closed: 2019-06-08 02:55:05 UTC

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Description Adam Mariš 2016-06-20 14:17:23 UTC
It was found that it is possible to pass a malicious expression which can be used to execute arbitrary code on server side when using the REST Plugin.

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Comment 1 gil cattaneo 2016-06-20 14:43:45 UTC
thanks for the information, but I remove from the CC list.

Comment 2 Chess Hazlett 2019-09-17 20:24:04 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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