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Vulnerability in Apache Tomcat may affect IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (CVE-2014-0227)

Security Bulletin


Apache Tomcat which is shipped with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WASCE) is vulnerable to HTTP request smuggling

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0227
Description: Apache Tomcat is vulnerable to HTTP request smuggling. A remote attacker could send a specially-crafted request in a malformed chunked header to the Web server to cause multiple processing conflicts on the servers. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to poison the web cache, bypass web application firewall protection, and conduct XSS attacks.
CVSS Base Score: 4.300
CVSS Temporal Score: for more information
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition


Please follow the instruction below.

1.Please download the patch

2.Unzip the attached file into the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition installation directory, and ensure the files listed in the zip file replace the ones in the server installation directory.

3.Start WASCE server with the cache cleaned, for example,


<WAS_CE_HOME>\bin\startup -c
<WAS_CE_HOME>/bin/ -c

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Change History

28th May 2015: original document published

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.


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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018