SpringShell RCE vulnerability: Guidance for protecting against and detecting CVE-2022-22965

On March 31, 2022, vulnerabilities in the Spring Framework for Java were publicly disclosed. Microsoft is currently assessing the impact associated with these vulnerabilities. This blog is for customers looking for protection against exploitation and ways to detect vulnerable installations on their network of the critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability CVE-2022-22965 (also known as SpringShell or Spring4Shell).

The Spring Framework is the most widely used lightweight open-source framework for Java. In Java Development Kit (JDK) version 9.0 or later, a remote attacker can obtain an AccessLogValve object through the framework’s parameter binding feature and use malicious field values to trigger the pipeline mechanism and write to a file in an arbitrary path, if certain conditions are met.

The vulnerability in Spring Core—referred to in the security community as SpringShell or Spring4Shell—can be exploited when an attacker sends a specially crafted query to a web server running the Spring Core framework.

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Source: Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team