CVE-2010-0684: Apache ActiveMQ Persistent Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
Security Advisory 03.30.2010
Apache ActiveMQ is the most popular and powerful open source
messaging and Integration Patterns provider.
Remote unauthenticated exploitation of an input validation
vulnerability in Apache Software Foundation's ActiveMQ server could
allow an attacker to perform a
stored or persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. The code
responsible for parsing HTTP requests is vulnerable to an XSS
vulnerability. When parsing the JMSDestination parameter from a GET
request to /createDestination.action page, the value of this variable
is directly inserted into the HTML code that can be accessed by using
URLs such as /queues.jsp. This allows an attacker to run arbitrary
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to
conduct an XSS attack on a user. This could allow an attacker to steal
cookies, inject content into pages, or submit requests using the
user's credentials. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must
send malicious request to the vulnerable Active MQ server such as the
Once this request is sent, anyone accessing the ActiveMQ queues would
have the XSS payload executed in the context of the browser session
being used to browse using a URL such as:
The author and Apache Software Foundation's ActiveMQ group has
confirmed this vulnerability.
The author is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue but
fix has been released by the vendor.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The Apache Software Foundation ActiveMQ team has addressed this
vulnerability by releasing version 5.3.1 of ActiveMQ.
More information can be found at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the name CVE-2010-0684 to this issue. This is a candidate for
inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes
names for security problems.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/17/2010 Initial vendor notification
02/17/2010 Initial vendor response
02/23/2010 Vendor Fix committed to SVN
03/24/2010 ActiveMQ 5.3.1 publicly released to fix the issue
03/30/2010 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported by Rajat Swarup (http://www.rajatswarup.com).
The author wishes to thank Rob Davies and Dejan Bosanac of Apache
ActiveMQ team for fixing the issues on a high priority.