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Summary

Remote Code Execution can be performed when using REST Plugin with ! operator when Dynamic Method Invocation is enabled.

Who should read this

All Struts 2 developers and users

Impact of vulnerability

Possible Remote Code Execution

Maximum security rating

High

Recommendation

Disable Dynamic Method Invocation if possible. Alternatively upgrade to Struts 2.3.20.3, Struts 2.3.24.3 or Struts 2.3.28.1.

Affected Software

Struts 2.3.20 - Struts Struts 2.3.28 (except 2.3.20.3 and 2.3.24.3)

Reporter

Alvaro Munoz alvaro dot munoz at hpe dot com

CVE Identifier

CVE-2016-3081

Problem

It is possible to pass a malicious expression which can be used to execute arbitrary code on server side when Dynamic Method Invocation is enabled when using the REST Plugin.

Solution

Disable Dynamic Method Invocation when possible or upgrade to Apache Struts versions 2.3.20.3, 2.3.24.3 or 2.3.28.1.

Backward compatibility

No issues expected when upgrading to Struts 2.3.20.3, 2.3.24.3 and 2.3.28.1

Workaround

Disable Dynamic Method Invocation or implement your own version of RestActionMapper.

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