CVE-2009-3548: Apache Tomcat Windows Installer insecure default
The Apache Software Foundation
Tomcat 5.5.0 to 5.5.28
Tomcat 6.0.0 to 6.0.20
The unsupported Tomcat 3.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x and 5.0.x versions may be also
The Windows installer defaults to a blank password for the
administrative user. If this is not changed during the install process,
then by default a user is created with the name admin, roles admin and
manager and a blank password.
Users of all Tomcat versions may mitigate this issue by one of the
- Using the .zip or .tar.gz distributions
- Specifying a strong password for the admin user when using the
- Removing the admin user from the tomcat-users.xml file after the
Windows installer has completed
- Editing the tomcat-users.xml file to provide the admin user with
a strong password after the Windows installer has completed
A patch for this issue  has been applied to trunk and will be
included in the next releases of 6.0.x and 5.5.x
This issue was reported directly  to the tomcat users public mailing
list by David Horheim.
Security researchers are reminded that undisclosed vulnerabilities in
Apache Tomcat should, in the first instance, be reported to the private
security mailing list.