TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Apache ActiveMQ RestFilter Directory Traversal Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-407: August 31st, 2015


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apache ActiveMQ. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within ActiveMQ fileserver web application. By issuing specially crafted requests, an attacker can create an arbitrary file on the server with attacker controlled data. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the user.

Vendor Response

Apache has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-06-30 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-08-31 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Steven Seeley of Source Incite