Unpatched Java Spring Framework 0-Day RCE Bug Threatens Enterprise Web Apps Security

A zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability has come to light in the Spring framework shortly after a Chinese security researcher briefly leaked a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit on GitHub before deleting their account.

According to cybersecurity firm Praetorian, the unpatched flaw impacts Spring Core on Java Development Kit (JDK) versions 9 and later and is a bypass for another vulnerability tracked as CVE-2010-1622, enabling an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Spring is a software framework for building Java applications, including web apps on top of the Java EE (Enterprise Edition) platform.

“In certain configurations, exploitation of this issue is straightforward, as it only requires an attacker to send a crafted HTTP request to a vulnerable system,” researchers Anthony Weems and Dallas Kaman said. “However, exploitation of different configurations will require the attacker to do additional research to find payloads that will be effective.”

Additional details of the flaw, dubbed “SpringShell” and “Spring4Shell,” have been withheld to prevent exploitation attempts and until a fix is in place by the framework’s maintainers, Spring.io, a subsidiary of VMware. It’s also yet to be assigned a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) identifier.

It’s worth noting that the flaw targeted by the zero-day exploit is different from two previous vulnerabilities disclosed in the application framework this week, including the Spring Framework expression DoS vulnerability (CVE-2022-22950) and the Spring Cloud expression resource access vulnerability (CVE-2022-22963). Read more:https://bit.ly/3uNFgzN

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