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Spring Framework versions 5.0 to 5.0.4, 4.3 to 4.3.14, and older unsupported versions allow applications to configure Spring MVC to serve static resources (e.g. CSS, JS, images). When static resources are served from a file system on Windows (as opposed to the classpath, or the ServletContext), a malicious user can send a request using a specially crafted URL that can lead a directory traversal attack.
Users of affected versions should apply the following mitigation:
There are no other mitigation steps necessary.
Note also that this attack does not apply to applications that:
This issue was identified and responsibly reported by Orange Tsai (@orange_8361) from DEVCORE.
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