Security Advisory Important: jbossweb security update

Advisory: RHSA-2013:0146-1
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: Important
Issued on: 2013-01-08
Last updated on: 2013-01-08
Affected Products:
CVEs ( CVE-2012-3546


An update for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.3.0 CP10 that fixes
one security issue is now available from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)
base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the
CVE link in the References section.

JBoss Web is the web container, based on Apache Tomcat, in JBoss Enterprise
Application Platform. It provides a single deployment platform for the
JavaServer Pages (JSP) and Java Servlet technologies.

It was found that when an application used FORM authentication, along with
another component that calls request.setUserPrincipal() before the call to
FormAuthenticator#authenticate() (such as the Single-Sign-On valve), it was
possible to bypass the security constraint checks in the FORM authenticator
by appending "/j_security_check" to the end of a URL. A remote attacker
with an authenticated session on an affected application could use this
flaw to circumvent authorization controls, and thereby access resources not
permitted by the roles associated with their authenticated session.

Warning: Before applying this update, back up your JBoss Enterprise
Application Platform's "jboss-as/server/[PROFILE]/deploy/" directory, along
with all other customized configuration files.

All users of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.3.0 CP10 as provided
from the Red Hat Customer Portal are advised to install this update.


The References section of this erratum contains a download link (you must
log in to download the update). Before applying the update, back up your
existing JBoss Enterprise Application Platform installation (including all
applications and configuration files).

The JBoss server process must be restarted for this update to take effect.

Updated packages

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

883634 - CVE-2012-3546 Tomcat/JBoss Web: Bypass of security constraints


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