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Category:   Application (Web Server/CGI)  >   Sun Java ASP Server Vendors:   Sun
Sun Java ASP Server Discloses Potentially Sensitive Information to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020187
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2402   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 4 2008
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.0.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Sun Java ASP Server. A remote user can obtain potentially sensitive information.

A remote user can connect to the administration server on TCP port 5100 and access potentially sensitive information, such as configuration data or password hashes.

The vendor was notified on April 4, 2007.

An anonymous researcher reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can access potentially sensitive information, such as configuration data or password hashes.
Solution:   Sun has issued a fix (4.0.3) for Solaris 8, 9, and 10 on Solaris SPARC and x86 Platforms, Linux, Windows, HP-UX, and AIX, available at:

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 06.03.08: Sun Java System Active Server

iDefense Security Advisory 06.03.08
Jun 03, 2008


Sun Java System Active Server Pages is a multi-platform ASP application
server. It provides provides ASP (Active Server Pages) functionality to
a web server. More information is available at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of an information disclosure vulnerability in Sun
Microsystem's Java System Active Server Pages allows attackers to
obtain sensitive information.

This vulnerability exists due to the placement of the password and
configuration data within the application server root directory. By
making requests for specific, sensitive documents an attacker could
obtain the configuration or password hashes of allowed users.


Exploitation allows an attacker to gain sensitive information from the
server. No authentication is required to reach the affected ASP
applications. The attacker only needs to be able to establish a session
with the administration server on TCP port 5100.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability within
version 4.0.2 of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java System Active Server
Pages. Older versions are suspected to be vulnerable.


In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, disable
administration server by executing the following command as the 'root'

  # /opt/casp/admtool -e


Sun Microsystems has addressed this vulnerability with the release of
version 4.0.3 of Sun Java System Active Server Pages. For more
information, refer to Sun Alert 238184 at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-2402 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


04/04/2007  Initial vendor notification
04/05/2007  Initial vendor response
06/03/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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