Apache CXF UsernameTokens security bypass

apachecxf-username-tokens-sec-bypass (81981) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

Apache CXF could allow a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions, caused by the improper handling of WS-SecurityPolicy enabled plaintext UsernameTokens. By sending a specially-crafted SOAP request containing a WS-Security UsernameToken in the security header, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass the authentication process and gain unauthorized access to the system.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 5
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 3.7
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Bypass Security

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of Apache CXF (2.5.9, 2.6.6, or 2.7.3 or later), available from the Apache CXF Web site. See References.

References:

  • Apache CXF Web site: CVE-2013-0239: Authentication bypass in the case of WS-SecurityPolicy enabled plaintext UsernameTokens.
  • BID-57876: Apache CXF WS-SecurityPolicy Authentication Bypass Vulnerability
  • CVE-2013-0239: Apache CXF before 2.5.9, 2.6.x before 2.6.6, and 2.7.x before 2.7.3, when the plaintext UsernameToken WS-SecurityPolicy is enabled, allows remote attackers to bypass authentication via a security header of a SOAP request containing a UsernameToken element that lacks a password child element.
  • RHSA-2013-0644: Important: apache-cxf security update
  • SA51988: Apache CXF SOAP URIMappingInterceptor and Plaintext UsernameTokens Security Issues

Platforms Affected:

  • Apache CXF 2.4.5
  • Apache CXF 2.5
  • Apache CXF 2.5.1
  • Apache CXF 2.6

Reported:

Feb 11, 2013

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