Weblogic Exposes File Contents
Reported June 21 by Foundstone

BEA WebLogic Server and Express 5.1.x
  • BEA WebLogic Server and Express 4.5.x
  • BEA WebLogic Server and Express 4.0.x
  • BEA WebLogic Server and Express 3.1.8

    Due to an improperly exposed directory, Weblogic allows the contents of any file within the Web root directory to be shown in clear text.


    If the URL for a file "login.jsp" is:


    then accessing


    would cause the unparsed contents of the file to show up in the web browser.


    Foundstone issued a bulletin with the following workaround recommendations:

    Do not use the example configuration for the FileServlet in production situations. It is possible to view the source of a JSP/JHTML file in a browser if you do. For more information on the file servlet, see "Setting up the File Servlet" in the online documentation at: http://www.weblogic.com/docs51/admindocs/http.html#file

    The example registrations look like this: weblogic.httpd.register.file=weblogic.servlet.FileServlet weblogic.httpd.initArgs.file=defaultFilename=index.html weblogic.httpd.defaultServlet=file

    There are two ways to avoid this:

    * Register the file servlet with a name that uses a random string that will be difficult to guess. For example, the following registrations will register the file servlet as 12foo34:

    weblogic.httpd.register.12foo34=weblogic.servlet.FileServlet weblogic.httpd.initArgs.12foo34=defaultFilename=index.html weblogic.httpd.defaultServlet=12foo34

    * Register the file servlet using wild cards representing all of the file extensions you will be serving. For example, the following registrations register the file servlet to serve .html files:

    weblogic.httpd.register.*.html=weblogic.servlet.FileServlet weblogic.httpd.initArgs.*.html=defaultFilename=index.html weblogic.httpd.defaultServlet=*.html

    Repeat the above registrations for all the file types you will be serving, for example, *.gif, *.jpg, *.pdf, *.txt, etc. Note:

    This information is documented in the BEA WebLogic Server and Express documentation at:

    Discovered and reported by Foundstone