URGENT SECURITY ADVISORY – Spring4Shell (CVE-2022-22965)

What is Spring4Shell (CVE-2022-22965)?

CVE-2022-22965 is a remote code execution vulnerability that is affecting multiple versions of the Spring MVC and Spring WebFlux frameworks.

The vulnerability can be exploited by sending a single specially crafted HTTP request to the affected server to execute malicious Java code on the affected system.

Note that even if you don’t specifically develop Java applications, the Java Spring framework is incredibly popular and could be included within third party applications deployed across your estate.


The flaw is currently being actively exploited by multiple threat actors with activity expected to increase over the coming days.

Several publicly available exploit tools have been published to exploit the flaw, in each case the exploit  creates a malicious “webshell” designed to provide a backdoor into the system.


AppCheck has added a plugin to detect the flaw that will run as part of all Web Application and Infrastructure scans. A scan template has also been added to allow users to quickly scan for this specific flaw.



Spring Framework versions 5.3.18 and 5.2.20 have been released to remediate the flaw. The vendor has also included other workaround steps which can be found here:




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