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Hewlett Packard HPSBUX0303-249: SSRT3522 Tomcat 3.3.1

by Nikola Strahija on March 19th, 2003 This advisory covers solutions for various vulnerabilities in the JDK, Tomcat 3.3.1 and earlier.

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Originally issued: 17 March 2003
SSRT3522 Sec. Vulnerabilities in Tomcat 3.3.1
NOTICE: There are no restrictions for distribution of this
Bulletin provided that it remains complete and intact.

The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
acted upon as soon as possible. Hewlett-Packard Company will
not be liable for any consequences to any customer resulting
from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in this
Security Bulletin as soon as possible.

PROBLEM: Potential vulnerabilities with using Tomcat 3.3.1 or
a) When used with JDK 1.3.1 or earlier:
- it allows remote attackers to potentially list
directories even with an index.html or other file
present, or obtain unprocessed source code for a
JSP file, via a URL containing a null character.
- it uses trusted privileges when processing the
web.xml file, which could allow remote attackers to
read portions of some files through the web.xml file.
b) With Cross-site scripting (XSS), in the (1) examples
and (2) ROOT web applications for Jakarta Tomcat 3.x
upto but not including 3.3.1a, allows remote attackers
to potentially execute arbitrary web script.

Note: No such potential vulnerability has been specified for
Tomcat 4.x.

More details are available at:

IMPACT: Remote unauthorized access or potential code execution.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX release 11.00, 11.11,
11.20, and 11.22 with versions of the following products
are affected, and represented as:
product-name, version (product-tag/bundle-tag)

- hp apache-based web server, or earlier
This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1.

- hp apache-based web server, or earlier
(HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)
This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1.

OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 installations using Apache Tomcat 3.2.3.

SOLUTION: For HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20 and 11.22
download new HP Apache product from

For ApacheStrong/B9415AA download the following:
- hp apache-based web server, or later
This product includes Tomcat 3.3.1a.

For HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA download the
- hp-ux tomcat-based servlet engine, v. or later
This product includes Tomcat 4.1.12.

For OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 installations manually upgrade
see below.

NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time. This Security
Bulletin will be updated when such becomes available.

Install the product containing the fix.
For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or
HPApache/B9416BA installed, the fix requires
migration to hpuxwsTOMCAT/hpuxwsTomcat and
removing the affected products from the system.

AVAILABILITY: Complete product bundles are available now on

A. Background
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has identified multiple potential
vulnerabilities in the Jakarta-Tomcat servlet engine
(CAN-2003-0042, CAN-2003-0043, CAN-2003-0044).
It affects the following HP product numbers/versions on
HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20 and 11.22::

- hp apache-based web server, or earlier

- hp apache-based web server, or earlier
(HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)

B. Recommended solution
The Apache Group has released Tomcat 3.3.1a as the best known
version that fixes the problems identified in the above
mentioned issues.

For customers using ApacheStrong/B9415AA, HP has incorporated
Tomcat 3.3.1a in the following product:
- hp apache-based web server or later

For customers using HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA,
HP has incorporated Tomcat 4.1.12 in the following product:
- hp-ux tomcat-based servlet engine v. or later

NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.
This Security Bulletin will be updated when such becomes

Check for Tomcat Installation
To determine if the Tomcat Servlet Engine from HP is installed
on your system, use Software Distributor's swlist command.
Since Tomcat is not visible at the "product" level, search for
Apache. All versions of products may co-exist on a single

For example, the results of the command:
swlist -l product | grep -i apache

ApacheStrong HP Apache-based Web Server
with Strong (128bit) Encryption
HPApache HP Apache-based Web Server

Stop Tomcat
Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Tomcat binary.
Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running,
preventing the new one from starting, although the installation
would be successful.

After determining which Tomcat is installed, stop Tomcat with
the following commands:

for ApacheStrong: /opt/tomcat/bin/
for HPApache: /opt/hpapache2/tomcat/bin/

Since Tomcat is bundled with Apache, Apache also needs to be

for ApacheStrong: /opt/apache/bin/apachectl stop
for HPApache: /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop

Download and Install Tomcat and Apache
- Download Tomcat/Apache from Software Depot using the
previously mentioned links.
- Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the
value specified on the installation web page.
- Use SD to swinstall the depot.
- For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or HPApache/B9416BA
installed, migrate to hpuxwsTOMCAT/hpuxwsTomcat and
remove the affected products from the system.

Installation of this new version of HP Apache over an existing
HP Apache installation is supported, while installation over a
non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

NOTE: For OV SIP 3.0 and 3.1 users manually upgrade the Tomcat
Application server as a workaround. This security
bulletin will be updated when OV patches become

Removing Tomcat Installation
If you rather remove Tomcat from your system than install a
newer version to resolve the security problem, use both
Software Distributor's "swremove" command and also "rm -rf" the
home location as specified in the rc.config.d file "HOME"

To find the files containing HOME variables in the
/etc/rc.config.d directory:

%ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache

NOTE: Apache will also be removed.

NOTE: For HP Apache 1.3.x, you must manually remove the Apache
directory in addition to the Tomcat directory. Apache is
under directory "/opt/apache" for HP Apache 1.3.x.

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Under the "Notifications" section (near the bottom of
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(c)Copyright 2003 Hewlett-Packard Company
Hewlett-Packard Company shall not be liable for technical or
editorial errors or omissions contained herein. The information
in this document is subject to change without notice.
Hewlett-Packard Company and the names of HP products referenced
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Company. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be
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