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Tomcat UTF-8 Directory Traversal Vulnerability

This module tests whether a directory traversal vulnerability is present in versions of Apache Tomcat 4.1.0 - 4.1.37, 5.5.0 - 5.5.26 and 6.0.0 - 6.0.16 under specific and non-default installations. The connector must have allowLinking set to true and URIEncoding set to UTF-8. Furthermore, the vulnerability actually occurs within Java and not Tomcat; the server must use Java versions prior to Sun 1.4.2_19, 1.5.0_17, 6u11 - or prior IBM Java 5.0 SR9, 1.4.2 SR13, SE 6 SR4 releases. This module has only been tested against RedHat 9 running Tomcat 6.0.16 and Sun JRE 1.5.0-05. You may wish to change FILE (hosts,sensitive files), MAXDIRS and RPORT depending on your environment.

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Module Name



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  • guerrino <ruggine> di massa




Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/admin/http/tomcat_utf8_traversal msf auxiliary(tomcat_utf8_traversal) > show actions ...actions... msf auxiliary(tomcat_utf8_traversal) > set ACTION <action-name> msf auxiliary(tomcat_utf8_traversal) > show options and set options... msf auxiliary(tomcat_utf8_traversal) > run

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