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Improper Access Control


Severity High
Score 7.5/10


When using a Spring AOP functionality to secure Struts actions it is possible to perform a DoS attack. This affects all versions of com.opensymphony:xwork-core, xwork-assembly and xwork. org.apache.struts:struts2-parent and struts2-assembly before 2.3.33, 2.5.x before 2.5.12. org.apache.struts:struts2-core 2.5.x before 2.5.12 and org.apache.struts.xwork:xwork-core before 2.3.33.

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  • HIGH

CWE-284 - Improper Access Control

Listed 5th in the 'OWASP Top Ten', improper (or broken) access control attacks are a fundamental type of vulnerability. This includes a broad range of design flaws that enable users to act outside of their intended permissions. They can use these privileges to gain access to restricted files and functionality such as accessing restricted information, falsifying records, destroying data, or executing commands.

Advisory Timeline

  • Published