Pivotal Software Spring Framework STOMP Broker Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability [CVE-2018-1275]

CVE Number – CVE-2018-1275

A vulnerability in the spring-messaging module in Spring Framework could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.

The vulnerability exists because the affected software allows a memory-based Simple/Streaming Text Orientated Messaging Protocol (STOMP) broker to expose STOMP over WebSocket endpoints. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending a message that submits malicious input to the broker. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Pivotal Software has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.

Analysis
  • To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must send a malicious request to the targeted system, making exploitation more difficult in environments that restrict network access from untrusted sources.

    The CVE related to this alert addresses the partial fix for CVE-2018-1270 in the 4.3.x branch of Spring Framework. Cisco covered CVE-2018-1270 in a Vulnerability Alert at the following link: Alert 57442.

Safeguards
  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

    Administrators are advised to run both firewall and antivirus applications to minimize the potential of inbound and outbound threats.

    Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.

    Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by using a solid firewall strategy.

    Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

Vendor Announcements
Fixed Software
  • Pivotal Software has release software updates at the following link: Spring Framework




Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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