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Apache ActiveMQ Directory Traversal Vulnerability



Apache ActiveMQ is a messaging and enterprise integration patterns provider. The platform provides a Message Broker which handles communication between several different applications. Apache ActiveMQ supports many popular development languages including C/C++, Python, Java, and .NET. Apache ActiveMQ runs on a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux and Solaris. For more information, see the vendor's site at the following link:


Remote exploitation of a directory traversal vulnerability in Apache Software Foundation's Apache ActiveMQ could allow an attacker to download files from a restricted directory, which can result in information disclosure.

The vulnerability is due to a failure by the Message Broker to restrict directory traversals. As a result, sensitive locations outside the configured Message Broker restricted directory can be accessed by an attacker. No authentication is required to access the ActiveMQ Message Broker service.


Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain control over the affected machine.

By specifying a URL location with multiple directory traversal sequences such as "/../../", it is possible for an attacker to access sensitive files hosted on the Message Broker Server using the privileges associated with the Message Broker process. An attacker may be able to read important system files, which will result in information disclosure, and can potentially lead to full host compromise.


Apache ActiveMQ versions 5.3.1 and 5.3.2 are vulnerable.


A firewall rule may be setup on the Message Broker Server to restrict access to TCP port 8161.


Apache Software Foundation has released a fix which addresses this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


05/05/2010 Initial Contact
06/01/2010 Initial Response
06/21/2010 Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by AbdulAziz Hariri.

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