Published:2014/11/14  Last Updated:2014/11/14

Direct Web Remoting (DWR) vulnerable to XML external entity injection


Direct Web Remoting (DWR) contains an XML external entity injection vulnerability.

Products Affected

  • DWR Version 2.0.10 and earlier
  • DWR Version 3.0.RC2 and earlier


Direct Web Remoting (DWR) is a Java framework for developing Ajax into web applications. DWR contains an XML external entity injection vulnerability (CWE-611).


When an application uses a function to convert DOM data (DOMConverter, JDOMConverter, DOM4JConverter or XOMConverter) and a specially crafted request is processed, arbitrary files may be read.


Update the Software
Update to the latest version of DWR according to the information provided by the developer and rebuild your application.

Vendor Status

Vendor Link
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JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2014.11.14 (CVSS Base Metrics)

What is CVSS?

Measures Severity Description
Access Vector(AV) Local (L) Adjacent Network (A) Network (N) A vulnerability exploitable with network access means the vulnerable software is bound to the network stack and the attacker does not require local network access or local access. Such a vulnerability is often termed "remotely exploitable".
Access Complexity(AC) High (H) Medium (M) Low (L) The access conditions are somewhat specialized.
Authentication(Au) Multiple (M) Single (S) None (N) Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.
Confidentiality Impact(C) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is considerable informational disclosure. Access to some system files is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what is obtained, or the scope of the loss is constrained.
Integrity Impact(I) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is no impact to the integrity of the system.
Availability Impact(A) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.

Base Score:5.8


Takeshi Terada of Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
CVE CVE-2014-5325
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2014-000117

Update History

Information under the section "Impact" was modified.