Red Hat JBoss EAP - Deserialization of Untrusted Data







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Security Advisory           @ Srl
(#05, 23/11/2016)           Data Security Division
         Title:	Red Hat JBoss EAP deserialization of untrusted data 
   Application:	JBoss EAP 5.2.X and prior versions
   Description:	The application server deserializes untrusted data via the
                JMX Invoker Servlet. This can lead to a DoS via resource
                exhaustion and potentially remote code execution.
        Author: Federico Dotta <>
                Maurizio Agazzini <>
 Vendor Status: Will not fix
 CVE Candidate: The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned
                the name CVE-2016-7065 to this issue.     

1. Abstract.

JBoss EAP's JMX Invoker Servlet is exposed by default on port 8080/TCP. The
communication employs serialized Java objects, encapsulated in HTTP
requests and responses.

The server deserializes these objects without checking the object type. This 
behavior can be exploited to cause a denial of service and potentially 
execute arbitrary code.

The objects that can cause the DoS are based on known disclosed payloads
taken from:


Currently there is no known chain that allows code execution on JBoss EAP,
however new chains are discovered every day.

2. Example Attack Session.

Submit an authenticated POST request to the JMX Invoker Servlet URL (for 
example: http://localhost:8080/invoker/JMXInvokerServlet) with one of the 
following objects in the body of the request:

    * 01_BigString_limited.ser: it's a string object; the server will
      reply in a normal way (object size similar to the next one).
    * 02_SerialDOS_limited.ser: the application server will require
      about 2 minutes to execute the request with 100% CPU usage.
    * 03_BigString.ser: it's a string object; the server will
      reply in a normal way (object size similar to the next one).
    * 04_SerialDOS.ser: the application server will require an 
      unknown amount of time to execute the request with 100% CPU usage.

3. Affected Platforms.

This vulnerability affects versions 4 and 5 of JBoss EAP.

4. Fix.

Red Hat will not fix the issue because JBoss EAP 4 is out of maintenance 
support and JBoss EAP 5 is close to the end of its maintenance period. 

5. Proof Of Concept.

See ( and Example Attack Session above.

6. Timeline

06/10/2016 - First communication sent to Red Hat Security Response Team
07/10/2016 - Red Hat Security Response Team response, Bug 1382534 
23/11/2016 - Security Advisory released

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Proof of Concept: