Oracle Weblogic CVE-2020-2883 RCE vulnerability is being remotely exploited: Other risks exist that require urgent action. Waratek customers are protected by default rule

On April 14, 2020, Oracle released the quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) that includes 397 patches across Oracle’s product suite. 51 out of the 397 patches are security fixes for the Oracle Fusion Middleware. 8 patches of these are fixes for critical deserialization vulnerabilities.


CVE-2020-2883 is one of the deserialization patches that affects the Oracle WebLogic server and is included in Oracle’s April 2020 Critical Patch Update. At the time there was no public exploit for CVE-2020-2883. However, shortly after the release of the April 2020 Critical Patch Update a proof of concept exploit code was published on GitHub. This exploit is actively being used to attack WebLogic servers in the wild according to Oracle.

Oracle, in a blog post, is now urging customers to avoid delays and fast-track the deployment of the April CPU in order to patch the critical flaw in WebLogic Server.


CVE-2020-2883 is a critical deserialization flaw in WebLogic. Using maliciously-crafted serialized gadget chains, unauthenticated attackers can execute arbitrary code (Remote Code Execution – RCE) in the context of the affected application. Successful attacks can allow attackers to completely compromise the system, including deploying ransomware. Failed attacks could also result in Denial-of-Service conditions. Because of the simplicity of the attack as well as its impact, the vulnerability ranks 9.8 out of 10 on the CVSSv3 scale.

More specifically, the CVE-2020-2883 flaw is caused by the way the proprietary T3 protocol handles deserialized data streams. The flaw exists in the core component of WebLogic as well as within the Oracle Coherence library. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The CVE-2020-2883 flaw in the Fusion Middleware is being actively exploited in the wild because a public exploit was released, however, there are seven (7) more deserialization vulnerabilities and 13 critical vulnerabilities overall in the same product suite, including the infamous 4-year old CVE-2016-1000031 vulnerability, that pose serious risks as well.


Products Affected

  • WebLogic
  • WebLogic
  • WebLogic
  • WebLogic
  • Java Cloud Service (all versions)




Action Steps
Waratek Secure and Waratek Upgrade customers are already protected by the deserial/marshal rule that is standard protection in the Waratek application security platform. Waratek’s process forking rule, available in Waratek Patch, Secure and Upgrade also mitigates the attacks. Waratek Secure rules provide protection against known and zero-day attacks with zero configuration and no source code changes. Waratek’s out-of-the-box zero-day protection not only protects the Oracle WebLogic versions that are patched by the Oracle April CPU but also protects legacy, end-of-life WebLogic releases.

Non-Waratek customers are advised to:

  1. apply the April 2020 CPU as soon as possible
  2. configure the JEP-290 global serialization blacklist with known, dangerous, gadgets
  3. apply standard security hardening steps to restrict access via the T3 protocol, such as restricting the traffic and ports that must allowed

Java Cloud Service users should also apply the relevant JCS patch.

For more information about how Waratek protects against CVE-2020-2883 without downtime, source code or configuration changes or blacklists, please contact your Waratek representative or schedule a demonstration.


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