CAS Vulnerability Disclosure


This is the public version of an Apereo CAS project vulnerability disclosure, describing an issue in CAS where an adversary may be able to bypass the second factor (token) although MFA is requested during the login process.

This issue applies to all MFA providers except the Duo provider (which is therefore NOT vulnerable).

Affected Deployments

The attack vector applies to all deployments of the CAS server for the versions:

  • 5.3.0, 5.3.1 and 5.3.2
  • lower or equal to 5.2.6.

If you have deployed the version 5.3.0, 5.3.1 or 5.3.2, you MUST upgrade to the version 5.3.3.

If you have deployed a version lower or equal to version 5.2.6, you MUST upgrade to the version 5.2.7.


This is a serious issue where successfully exercising this vulnerability allows the adversary to bypass the second factor (token) required by the MFA policy. This makes any MFA configuration to re-inforce security completely useless.


Patch releases are available to address CAS vulnerable deployments. Upgrades to the next patch version for each release should be a drop-in replacement. The patch simply ensures that the MFA factor (token) is effectively required when MFA is requested.


The issue was originally reported to the CAS application security team on August, 2018 and upon confirmation, CAS was patched.


Modify your CAS overlay to point to the version 5.2.7 or 5.3.3. A snippet of a pom.xml for a CAS overlay follows:




If you have questions on the details of this vulnerability and how it might be reproduced, please contact or


Jérôme LELEU

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