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Category:   Application (Web Server/CGI)  >   Apache Tomcat Vendors:   Apache Software Foundation
(Red Hat Issues Fix) Tomcat WebDAV Servlet Lets Remote Users View Arbitrary Files
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019931
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-5461   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 28 2008
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.0.0 - 4.0.6, 4.1.0, 5.0.x, 5.5.0 - 5.5.25, 6.0.0 - 6.0.14
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Tomcat. A remote user can view files on the target system.

If a WebDAV servlet is configured and enabled for write, a remote user can supply a specially crafted request containing a SYSTEM tag to view the contents of arbitrary files on the target system.

eliteb0y reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can view the contents of arbitrary files on the target system.
Solution:   Red Hat has released a fix.

The Red Hat advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Oct 26 2007 Tomcat WebDAV Servlet Lets Remote Users View Arbitrary Files

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [RHSA-2008:0195-01] Moderate: tomcat security update

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Moderate: tomcat security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2008:0195-01
Product:           Red Hat Developer Suite v.3
Advisory URL:
Issue date:        2008-04-28
Keywords:          Security
CVE Names:         CVE-2007-3382 CVE-2007-3385  
                   CVE-2007-5342 CVE-2007-5461 

1. Summary:

Updated tomcat packages that fix multiple security issues are now available
for Red Hat Developer Suite 3.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Developer Suite v.3 (AS v.4) - noarch

3. Description:

Tomcat is a servlet container for Java Servlet and Java Server Pages

Tomcat was found treating single quote characters -- ' -- as delimiters in
cookies. This could allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information,
such as session IDs, for session hijacking attacks (CVE-2007-3382).

It was reported Tomcat did not properly handle the following character
sequence in a cookie: \" (a backslash followed by a double-quote). It was
possible remote attackers could use this failure to obtain sensitive
information, such as session IDs, for session hijacking attacks

A directory traversal vulnerability existed in the Apache Tomcat webdav
servlet. This allowed remote attackers to remote authenticated users to
read accessible to the local user running the tomcat process (CVE-2007-5461).

The default security policy in the JULI logging component did not restrict
access permissions to files. This could be misused by untrusted web
applications to access and write arbitrary files in the context of the
tomcat process (CVE-2007-5342).

Users of Tomcat should update to these erratum packages, which contain
backported patches and are not vulnerable to these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.  

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  Details on how to use 
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

5. Bugs fixed (

247972 - CVE-2007-3382 tomcat handling of cookies
247976 - CVE-2007-3385 tomcat handling of cookie values
333791 - CVE-2007-5461 Absolute path traversal Apache Tomcat WEBDAV
427216 - CVE-2007-5342 Apache Tomcat's default security policy is too open

6. Package List:

Red Hat Developer Suite v.3 (AS v.4):



These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from

7. References:

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <>.  More contact
details at

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