oCERT-2016-001 Jetty path sanitization issues


Jetty is a Java HTTP (Web) server and Servlet container.

The Jetty path normalization mechanism suffers of an implementation issue when parsing the request URLs.

The path normalization logic implemented in the PathResource class and introduced in Jetty versions 9.3.x can be defeated by requesting malicious URLs containing specific escaped characters.

Leveraging on this weakness, a malicious user can gain access to protected resources (e.g. WEB-INF and META-INF folders and their contents) and defeat application filters or other security constraints implemented in the servlet configuration.

A workaround to mitigate the issue, using the 'rewrite' module, can alternatively be implemented as follows:

$ java -jar ../start.jar --module=rewrite etc/backslashalias.xml


$ java -jar ../start.jar --add-to-startd=rewrite
$ java -jar ../start.jar  etc/backslashalias.xml

Workaround file backslashalias.xml contents:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE Configure PUBLIC "-//Jetty//Configure//EN" "http://www.eclipse.org/jetty/configure_9_3.dtd">
<Configure id="Rewrite" class="org.eclipse.jetty.rewrite.handler.RuleContainer">
  <Call name="addRule">
      <New class="org.eclipse.jetty.rewrite.handler.RedirectRegexRule">
        <Set name="statusCode">404</Set>

Affected version:

Jetty >= 9.3.0, <= 9.3.8

Fixed version:

Jetty >= 9.3.9

Credit: vulnerability reported by Simon Zuckerbraun of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

CVE: CVE-2016-4800


2016-05-03: vulnerability report received
2016-05-06: contacted maintainer
2016-05-11: patch provided by maintainer
2016-05-13: assigned CVE
2016-05-18: reporter confirms patch
2016-05-20: contacted affected vendors
2016-05-30: advisory release