Debian Security Advisory

DLA-622-1 tomcat6 -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
15 Sep 2016
Affected Packages:
tomcat6
Vulnerable:
Yes
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2016-1240.
More information:

Dawid Golunski from legalhackers.com discovered that Debian's version of Tomcat 6 was vulnerable to a local privilege escalation. Local attackers who have gained access to the server in the context of the tomcat6 user through a vulnerability in a web application were able to replace the file with a symlink to an arbitrary file.

The full advisory can be found at

http://legalhackers.com/advisories/Tomcat-Debian-based-Root-Privilege-Escalation-Exploit.txt

For Debian 7 Wheezy, these problems have been fixed in version 6.0.45+dfsg-1~deb7u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your tomcat6 packages.

Further information about Debian LTS security advisories, how to apply these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be found at: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS