Published:2007/06/15  Last Updated:2008/05/21

Apache Tomcat cross-site scripting vulnerability


Apache Tomcat, from the Apache Software Foundation, contains a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

Products Affected

  • Apache Tomcat 4.0.0 - 4.0.6
  • Apache Tomcat 4.1.0 - 4.1.36
  • Apache Tomcat 5.0.0 - 5.0.30
  • Apache Tomcat 5.5.0 - 5.5.24
  • Apache Tomcat 6.0.0 - 6.0.13


Apache Tomcat, provided by the Apache Software Foundation, is an implementation of Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages technologies.
Apache Tomcat Web Application Manager contains a cross-site scripting vulnerability.


When a user logs into Apache Tomcat Web Application Manager, an arbitrary script may be executed on the user's web browser.


Update the Software
Apache Tomcat 6.0.x users should update to Apache Tomcat 6.0.14.
For more information, refer to the developer's website.

This issue can be mitigated by logging out (closing the browser) of Web Application Manager when finished.
When using Apache Tomcat 4.x or 5.x, apply the workaround described above as an update has not been provided by the developer.


JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2007.06.15

Measures Conditions Severity
Access Required Routed - can be attacked over the Internet using packets
  • High
Authentication None - anonymous or no authentication (IP addresses do not count)
  • High
User Interaction Required Simple - the user must be convinced to take a standard action that does not feel harmful to most users, such as click on a link or view a file
  • Medium
Exploit Complexity Low - little to no expertise and/or luck required to exploit (cross-site scripting)
  • High

Description of each analysis measures


Daiki Fukumori of Secure Sky Technology, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the vendors under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
CVE CVE-2007-2450
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2007-000457

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