Apache Tomcat <= 6.0.18 Form Authentication Existing/Non-Existing Username Enumeration Weakness

ID SSV:86280
Type seebug
Reporter Root
Modified 2014-07-01T00:00:00


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                                                source: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/35196/info

Apache Tomcat is prone to a username-enumeration weakness because it displays different responses to login attempts, depending on whether or not the username exists.

Attackers may exploit this weakness to discern valid usernames. This may aid them in brute-force password cracking or other attacks.

The following are vulnerable:

Tomcat 4.1.x (prior to 4.1.40)
Tomcat 5.5x (prior to 5.5.28)
Tomcat 6.0.x (prior to 6.0.20) 

The following example POST data is available:

POST /j_security_check HTTP/1.1
Host: www.example.com