Directory traversal vulnerability in Apache Tomcat 4.1.0 through 4.1.37, 5.5.0 through 5.5.26, and 6.0.0 through 6.0.16, when allowLinking and UTF-8 are enabled, allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via encoded directory traversal sequences in the URI, a different vulnerability than CVE-2008-2370. NOTE: versions earlier than 6.0.18 were reported affected, but the vendor advisory lists 6.0.16 as the last affected version.
Published 2008-08-13 00:41:00
Updated 2023-02-13 02:19:16
Source Red Hat, Inc.
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Vulnerability category: Directory traversal

Threat overview for CVE-2008-2938

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Top open port discovered on systems with this issue 80
IPs affected by CVE-2008-2938 13,332
Threat actors abusing to this issue? Yes
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Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2008-2938

Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days EPSS Score History
~ 100 %
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Metasploit modules for CVE-2008-2938

  • Tomcat UTF-8 Directory Traversal Vulnerability
    Disclosure Date: 2009-01-09
    First seen: 2020-04-26
    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
  • TrendMicro Data Loss Prevention 5.5 Directory Traversal
    Disclosure Date: 2009-01-09
    First seen: 2020-04-26
    This module tests whether a directory traversal vulnerability is present in Trend Micro DLP (Data Loss Prevention) Appliance v5.5 build <= 1294. The vulnerability appears to be actually caused by the Tomcat UTF-8 bug which is implemented in module tomcat_utf8_travers

CVSS scores for CVE-2008-2938

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CWE ids for CVE-2008-2938

  • The product uses external input to construct a pathname that is intended to identify a file or directory that is located underneath a restricted parent directory, but the product does not properly neutralize special elements within the pathname that can cause the pathname to resolve to a location that is outside of the restricted directory.
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References for CVE-2008-2938

Products affected by CVE-2008-2938

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