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Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal')


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


A vulnerability was found in cbeust testng. It has been declared as critical. Affected by this vulnerability is the function "testngXmlExistsInJar" of the file "testng-core/src/main/java/org/testng/" of the component XML File Parser. The manipulation leads to path traversal. The attack can be launched remotely. This issue affects org.testng:testng versions 6.13 through 7.5, and 7.6.0 through 7.6.1.

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  • HIGH
  • NONE
  • HIGH
  • HIGH

CWE-22 - Path Traversal

Path traversal (or directory traversal), is a vulnerability that allows malicious users to traverse the server's root directory, gaining access to arbitrary files and folders such as application code & data, back-end credentials, and sensitive operating system files. In the worst-case scenario, an attacker could potentially execute arbitrary files on the server, resulting in a denial of service attack. Such an exploit may severely impact the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of an application.

Advisory Timeline

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