Security Reports

This page lists all security vulnerabilities fixed in released versions of Apache Commons Jelly. Each vulnerability is given a security impact rating by the development team - please note that this rating may vary from platform to platform. We also list the versions of Commons Jelly the flaw is known to affect, and where a flaw has not been verified list the version with a question mark.

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Fixed in Apache Commons Jelly 1.0.1

CVE-2017-12621. Apache Commons Jelly connects to url with certain custom doctype definitions.

Severity: Medium

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: commons-jelly-1.0 (core), namely commons-jelly-1.0.jar

Description: During jelly (xml) file parsing with xerces, if a custom doctype entity is declared with a ?SYSTEM? entity with a url and that entity is used in the body of the jelly file, during parser instantiation the parser will attempt to connect to said url. This could be a cross site scripting concern. The Open Web Application Security Project suggests that the fix be

Mitigation: 1.0 users should migrate to 1.0.1.

Credit: This was discovered by Luca Carettoni of Doyensec.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!ELEMENT r ANY >
    <!ENTITY sp SYSTEM "">
<j:jelly trim="false" xmlns:j="jelly:core"
public class ExampleParser {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws JellyException, IOException,
                    NoSuchMethodException, IllegalAccessException,IllegalArgumentException,
                    InvocationTargetException {
        JellyContext context = new JellyContext();
        context.runScript("example.jelly", null);