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Apache Struts 2 is vulnerable to remote code execution

Vulnerability Note VU#834067

Original Release Date: 2017-03-14 | Last Revised: 2017-03-14


Apache Struts, versions 2.3.5 - 2.3.31 and 2.5 - 2.5.10, is vulnerable to code injection leading to remote code execution (RCE).


CWE-94: Improper Control of Generation of Code - CVE-2017-5638

An attacker can execute arbitrary OGNL code included in the "Content-Type" header of a file upload.

This vulnerability is actively being exploited.


An unauthenticated remote attacker can execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the user running Apache Struts.


Apply an update
Update to Apache Struts 2.3.32 or

If you are unable to update Struts, please see the workaround suggested by Apache here.

Vendor Information


Apache Struts Affected

Updated:  March 14, 2017



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor References

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 10 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Temporal 8.7 E:H/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 8.7 CDP:N/TD:H/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



This document was written by Trent Novelly.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2017-5638
Date Public: 2017-03-06
Date First Published: 2017-03-14
Date Last Updated: 2017-03-14 21:02 UTC
Document Revision: 9

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