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CVE-2009-2901: Apache Tomcat insecure partial deploy after failed undeploy
Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation
Versions Affected: Tomcat 5.5.0 to 5.5.28 Tomcat 6.0.0 to 6.0.20 The unsupported Tomcat 3.x, 4.x and 5.0.x versions may be also affected.
Description: By default, Tomcat automatically deploys any directories placed in a host's appBase. This behaviour is controlled by the autoDeploy attribute of a host which defaults to true. After a failed undeploy, the remaining files will be deployed as a result of the autodeployment process. Depending on circumstances, files normally protected by one or more security constraints may be deployed without those security constraints, making them accessible without authentication.
Mitigation: 6.0.x users should upgrade to 6.0.24 or apply this patch: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=892815&view=rev 5.5.x users should upgrade to 5.5.29 when released or apply this patch: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=902650&view=rev Note: the patches also address CVE-2009-2693 and CVE-2009-2902. Alternatively, users of all Tomcat versions may mitigate this issue by manually ensuring that an undeploy removes all files. If one or more files cannot be deleted, it may be necessary to stop Tomcat before the files can be deleted.
Credit: This issue was discovered by the Apache Tomcat security team
References:  http://tomcat.apache.org/security.html
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