Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Affecting axis:axis package, versions [0,]



    Attack Complexity Low
    User Interaction Required

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS 0.11% (43rd percentile)
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5.4 medium
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Red Hat
5.4 medium
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6.5 medium

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  • Snyk ID SNYK-JAVA-AXIS-30071
  • published 18 Aug 2014
  • disclosed 13 Aug 2014
  • credit David Jorm, Arun Neelicattu

How to fix?

There is no fixed version for axis:axis.


axis:axis is an implementation of the SOAP ("Simple Object Access Protocol") submission to W3C.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Man-in-the-Middle (MitM). It does not verify the requesting server's hostname against existing domain names in the SSL Certificate.


The getCN function in Apache Axis 1.4 and earlier does not properly verify that the server hostname matches a domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) or subjectAltName field of the X.509 certificate, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof SSL servers via a certificate with a subject that specifies a common name in a field that is not the CN field.

NOTE: this issue exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2012-5784.