Man in The Middle (MiTM) Affecting org.apache.cxf:cxf-rt-management package, versions [3.2.0,3.2.13) [3.3.0,3.3.6)



    Attack Complexity High
    Confidentiality High

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS 0.07% (31st percentile)
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5.3 medium
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Red Hat
5.3 medium

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  • published 1 Apr 2020
  • disclosed 1 Apr 2020
  • credit Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade org.apache.cxf:cxf-rt-management to version 3.2.13, 3.3.6 or higher.


org.apache.cxf:cxf-rt-management is an Apache CXF Runtime Management package.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Man in The Middle (MiTM). Apache CXF has the ability to integrate with JMX by registering an InstrumentationManager extension with the CXF bus. If the createMBServerConnectorFactory property of the default InstrumentationManagerImpl is not disabled, then it is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle (MITM) style attack.

An attacker on the same host can connect to the registry and rebind the entry to another server, thus acting as a proxy to the original. They are then able to gain access to all of the information that is sent and received over JMX.