Executive Summary

Title Mortbay Jetty fails to properly handle cookies with quotes
Name VU#438616 First vendor Publication 2007-12-04
Vendor VU-CERT Last vendor Modification 2007-12-04
Severity (Vendor) N/A Revision M

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v3

Cvss vector : N/A
Overall CVSS Score NA
Base Score NA Environmental Score NA
impact SubScore NA Temporal Score NA
Exploitabality Sub Score NA
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Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Cvss Base Score 7.5 Attack Range Network
Cvss Impact Score 6.4 Attack Complexity Low
Cvss Expoit Score 10 Authentication None Required
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Vulnerability Note VU#438616

Mortbay Jetty fails to properly handle cookies with quotes


Mortbay Jetty fails to properly handle cookie quotes, which may allow session hijacking.

I. Description

Mortbay Jetty is a web server that is written in Java. Jetty fails to properly handle cookies with certain quote sequences. This can cause the Jetty cookie parsing mechanism to improperly handle all of the cookies in the cookie string that follow the cookie with the quote sequence.

II. Impact

This vulnerability can increase the possibility of a session hijacking success. In the presense of a cross-site scripting vulnerability, it may allow a denial-of-service attack against a web site by preventing a client from being able to log in using cookies.

III. Solution

Apply an update

This issue is addressed in Mortbay Jetty 6.1.6. Details are available in the release notes.

Systems Affected

VendorStatusDate Updated
Mort BayVulnerable4-Dec-2007




Thanks to Tomasz Kuczynski for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

Date Public11/05/2007
Date First Published12/04/2007 01:05:14 PM
Date Last Updated12/03/2007
CERT Advisory 
CVE NameCVE-2007-5614
Document Revision4

Original Source

Url : http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/438616

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration

Application 11

OpenVAS Exploits

Date Description
2009-02-17 Name : Fedora Update for jetty FEDORA-2008-6141
File : nvt/gb_fedora_2008_6141_jetty_fc9.nasl
2009-02-17 Name : Fedora Update for jetty FEDORA-2008-6164
File : nvt/gb_fedora_2008_6164_jetty_fc8.nasl
2008-09-04 Name : FreeBSD Ports: jetty
File : nvt/freebsd_jetty.nasl

Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB)

Id Description
42496 Jetty HTML Cookie Parameter Unspecified Character Sequence Hijacking Weakness

Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

Date Description
2008-07-08 Name : The remote Fedora host is missing a security update.
File : fedora_2008-6141.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO
2008-07-08 Name : The remote Fedora host is missing a security update.
File : fedora_2008-6164.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO
2007-12-11 Name : The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.
File : freebsd_pkg_6ae7cef2a6ae11dc95e6000c29c5647f.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO

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