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Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2021 10:47:26 +0100
From: Colm O hEigeartaigh <>
Subject: CVE-2021-22696: Apache CXF: OAuth 2 authorization service vulnerable to DDos attacks


CXF supports (via JwtRequestCodeFilter) passing OAuth 2 parameters via a
JWT token as opposed to query parameters (see: The OAuth 2.0 Authorization
Framework: JWT Secured Authorization Request (JAR)). Instead of sending a
JWT token as a "request" parameter, the spec also supports specifying a URI
from which to retrieve a JWT token from via the "request_uri" parameter.

CXF was not validating the "request_uri" parameter (apart from ensuring it
uses "https) and was making a REST request to the parameter in the request
to retrieve a token.

This means that CXF was vulnerable to DDos attacks on the authorization
server, as specified in section 10.4.1 of the spec.

This issue affects Apache CXF versions prior to 3.4.3; Apache CXF versions
prior to 3.3.10.


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