Spring Security Advisories

CVE-2018-1258: Unauthorized Access with Spring Security Method Security

CRITICAL | MAY 09, 2018 | CVE-2018-1258


Spring Security in combination with Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE contain an authorization bypass when using method security. An unauthorized malicious user can gain unauthorized access to methods that should be restricted.

Affected Spring Products and Versions

  • Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE and Spring Security (any version)
  • Applications are only impacted if they use Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE and Spring Security method security. The bug is present in Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE, but is not considered a CVE unless combined with Spring Security’s method security support.
  • The bug is present only in Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE. If the application does not use Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE then it is not impacted. The bug does not impact any Spring Framework 4.x versions or any other versions of Spring Framework.


  • Users leveraging Spring Framework 5.x should avoid using Spring Framework 5.0.5.RELEASE. Updating to Spring Security 5.0.5.RELEASE+ or Spring Boot 2.0.2.RELEASE+ brings in Spring Framework 5.0.6.RELEASE+ transitively. However, users should be certain that other dependency management mechanisms are also updated to use Spring Framework 5.0.6.RELEASE or newer.
  • Users leveraging Spring Framework 4.x (Spring Security 4.x or Spring Boot 1.x) are not impacted so no steps are necessary.
  • There are no other mitigation steps required.


This issue was identified internally by the Spring Security Team.


  • 2018-05-09: Initial vulnerability report published
  • 2018-07-30: Clarifications on impacted versions

Get ahead

VMware offers training and certification to turbo-charge your progress.

Learn more

Get support

Spring Runtime offers support and binaries for OpenJDK™, Spring, and Apache Tomcat® in one simple subscription.

Learn more

Upcoming events

Check out all the upcoming events in the Spring community.

View all