Rule Category

SERVER-WEBAPP -- Snort has detected traffic exploiting vulnerabilities in web based applications on servers.

Alert Message

SERVER-WEBAPP Apache Tomcat FileStore directory traversal attempt

Rule Explanation

Apache Tomcat versions 10.0.0-M1 to 10.0.0-M4, 9.0.0.M1 to 9.0.34, 8.5.0 to 8.5.54 and 7.0.0 to 7.0.103 are vulnerable to a deserialization vulnerability. If an attacker is able to upload a malicious serialized payload they can trigger the deserialization vulnerability via a directory traversal attack using the JSESSIONID cookie.

What To Look For

This rule alerts when an attempt to trigger a deserialization vulnerability using a directory traversal attack on an Apache Tomcat server is attempted.

Known Usage

Public information/Proof of Concept available

False Positives

No known false positives


Cisco Talos Intelligence Group

MITRE ATT&CK Framework

Tactic: Execution

Technique: Execution through Module Load

For reference, see the MITRE ATT&CK vulnerability types here:


Rule Vulnerability

CVE Additional Information

When using Apache Tomcat versions 10.0.0-M1 to 10.0.0-M4, 9.0.0.M1 to 9.0.34, 8.5.0 to 8.5.54 and 7.0.0 to 7.0.103 if a) an attacker is able to control the contents and name of a file on the server; and b) the server is configured to use the PersistenceManager with a FileStore; and c) the PersistenceManager is configured with sessionAttributeValueClassNameFilter="null" (the default unless a SecurityManager is used) or a sufficiently lax filter to allow the attacker provided object to be deserialized; and d) the attacker knows the relative file path from the storage location used by FileStore to the file the attacker has control over; then, using a specifically crafted request, the attacker will be able to trigger remote code execution via deserialization of the file under their control. Note that all of conditions a) to d) must be true for the attack to succeed.
Severity Base Score7.0
Impact Score5.9 Exploit Score1.0
Confidentiality ImpactHIGH Integrity ImpactHIGH
Availability ImpactHIGH Attack VectorLOCAL
ScopeUNCHANGED User InteractionNONE
Authentication Ease of AccessHIGH
Privileges RequiredLOW