Security Advisory 2022-040

Release Date:

UPDATE: Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Confluence



  • 03/06/2022 --- v1.0 -- Initial publication
  • 03/06/2022 --- v1.2 -- Update information about WAF workaround
  • 04/06/2022 --- v1.3 -- Update information about patched versions and active exploitation
  • 07/06/2022 --- v1.4 -- Update information about public POC and mitigation


On June 2, 2020, Confluence released an advisory about a critical vulnerability, identified CVE-2022-26134 with a severity score of 10 out of 10, which could lead to unauthenticated Remote Code Execution if exploited [1].

There is active exploitation of this vulnerability leading to installation of webshells and crypto-miners. Moreover, a POC of the vulnerability exploitation is now publicly available [5].

Technical Details

CVE-2022-26134 is an Object-Graph Navigation Language (OGNL) injection vulnerability that would allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a Confluence Server or Data Center instance [4]. Exploiting it, attackers would be able to execute remote commands on the server without being authenticated and take full control of the server, for instance by uploading webshells [2].

Affected Products

All versions of Confluence Server and Data Center prior to the fixed versions listed below are affected by this vulnerability. Fixed versions include:

  • 7.4.17
  • 7.13.7
  • 7.14.3
  • 7.15.2
  • 7.16.4
  • 7.17.4
  • 7.18.1

Please note that Confluence instances hosted directly in Attlassian Cloud are not affected


CERT-EU strongly recommends installing the latest version of Confluence servers.

As active exploitation of this vulnerability has been observed, CERT-EU strongly recommends scanning Confluence servers for IOCs published by the Volexity researchers [3] and for any other suspicious behaviour.


Where it is not possible to upgrade Confluence, while it is recommended, Atlassian teams provide workarounds for Confluence versions 7.15.0 until 7.18.0, and for Confluence versions 7.0.0 until Confluence 7.14.2 [1].

Nevertheless, the mitigation does not cover other security flaws fixed in the update.







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