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【TeamT5 Flash Alert】Spring Core RCE 0-Day Vulnerability

2022.03.30Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • March 30th, 2022 (GMT+8): This alert was published at 18:30 (GMT+8). We will update the alert as soon as we have more details.
  • March 31st, 2022 Update: Add Proof Of Concept (PoC) & Self Test Advice
  • April 6, 2022 Update: Add CVE number, Official patch

Executive Summary

On March 29th, 2022, TeamT5’s Cyber Threat Intelligence team was alerted about a RCE 0-day vulnerability in the Spring Framework. While we are still investigating the vulnerability, our current assessment is that the severity level of this Spring Core RCE 0-Day vulnerability is critical.
  1. Given that Spring is a widely used framework for developing Java applications, we believe this exploit will cause a great impact to many services.
  2. The Spring Core RCE 0-day (aka Spring4Shell, SpringShell) exists in the JDK version equal or above 9.0.
  3. No official patch was released at the time of our analysis. We strongly recommend all of our partners and clients to review your codebase and take mitigation measures below.

Spring Core RCE 0-Day Vulnerability Details

spring vulnerability_pic1.png
CVENo CVE id for this vulnerability at the time of writing. Some have referred the vulnerability as SpringShell.
Severity LevelCritical
Versions AffectedJDK version above or equal to 9 and derivative framework with spring-beans-*.jar or CachedIntrospectionResults.class exists.
Proof-of-Concept (PoC)Proof-of-Concept (PoC) has been released publicly..
PatchNo official patch available at the time of writing.
From the information gathered, we assess that the impact of this vulnerability is very severe and the severity level is likely to be as high as Log4j vulnerabilities. The Spring Framework is one of the most popular and lightweight application framework for the Java platform. It is widely used by lots of companies and organizations for their internet-facing services. This means that every Java-based product or web service is affected by the scope of the vulnerability.
The SpringShell 0-Day Vulnerability is a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability. According to public information, a successful exploitation would enable the threat actors to have Arbitrary File Upload privilege.
TeamT5 will keep our partners and clients updated on the information about this vulnerability. Our partners and clients can rely on TeamT5’s solutions, ThreatVision and ThreatSonar, for protection from future attacks.


There are some POC (Proof of Concept) released. The execution is below.
Execution screenshot spring_update_pic1.jpg
In a website using Spring framework, we can send certain payload to a path related to the Spring Framework (see below picture). This action allows us to write document with arbitrary path to achieve RCE (Remote Code Execution) attack. Picture above shows the result. spring_update_pic2.jpg

How to Test Whether My Service is Affected?

In a website using Spring Framework, sending the following query to a Spring Framework related tests whether the website is vulnerable or not (see below picture).
Query for testing is below -
curl -v host:port/path?class.module.classLoader.URLs%5B0%5D=0
Picture below shows the result. If it responds with HTTP Status 400, the website might be vulnerable to this exploit. spring_update_pic3.jpg


1. Check JDK version number

To check JDK version number, run java -version command to check the running JDK version on the server of your organization system.
spring vulnerability_pic2.png
  • If the version number is below or equal to 8, it is not affected by the vulnerability.
  • If the version number is above or equal to 9, the vulnerability exists. Please apply temporary measure for protection.

2. Temporary measure for protection: WAF protection

There is no official patch available at the time of writing. We strongly suggest you use the temporary measure (WAF protection) and pay attention to the release of official patches.
WAF protection
On web application firewall (WAF), implement rule filtering for the following strings:
  • class.*, Class.*, *.class.*, *.Class.*


Keywords: Spring4Shell, SpringShell, Spring, zeroday vulnerability, 0-day vulnerability, remote control execution vulnerability, JAVA
2022.03.30Cyber Threat Intelligence

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