Apache Jakarta Tomcat MS-DOS device name request denial of service

jakarta-tomcat-msdos-dos (12102) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

Jakarta Tomcat, running on some Microsoft Windows operating systems, is vulnerable to a denial of service. By sending a specially-crafted request for JSP Web page containing the name of a MS-DOS device, such as aux.jsp, a remote attacker could consume all available resources and cause the thread to hang.


Consequences:

Denial of Service

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of Jakarta Tomcat (3.3.1a or later), available from the Jakarta Web site. See References.

References:

  • Jakarta Project Web site: The Jakarta Project.
  • Jakarta Web site: Apache Tomcat 3.3.1a Release Notes.
  • CVE-2003-0045: Jakarta Tomcat before 3.3.1a on certain Windows systems may allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (thread hang and resource consumption) via a request for a JSP page containing an MS-DOS device name, such as aux.jsp.
  • OSVDB ID: 12233: Apache Tomcat MS-DOS Device Name Request DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • Apache Tomcat 3.0
  • Apache Tomcat 3.1
  • Apache Tomcat 3.1.1
  • Apache Tomcat 3.2
  • Apache Tomcat 3.2.1
  • Apache Tomcat 3.2.3
  • Apache Tomcat 3.2.4
  • Apache Tomcat 3.3
  • Apache Tomcat 3.3.1

Reported:

Mar 26, 2003

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