Spring Security Advisories

CVE-2019-3773: XML External Entity Injection (XXE)

CRITICAL | JANUARY 14, 2019 | CVE-2019-3773


Spring Web Services, versions 2.4.3, 3.0.4, and older unsupported versions of all three projects, were susceptible to XML External Entity Injection (XXE) when receiving XML data from untrusted sources.

Affected Spring Products and Versions

  • Spring Web Services versions 2.4.3, 3.0.4 and older


Users of affected versions should apply the following mitigation:

  • Upgrade spring-ws, spring-xml jars to 2.4.4, 3.0.6 or later
  • Spring Web Services components that exhibited this vulnerability now disable the features as advised in the reference cheat sheet [1] by default, but allow user configuration of the components if the feature can be enabled because XML is received from a trusted source.




  • 2019-01-14: Initial vulnerability report published.

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