Fortinet Discovers dotCMS Unauthorized Denial of Service Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs had discovered a Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability in dotCMS Core.

dotCMS is an open source content management system (CMS) written in Java for managing content and content driven sites and applications.

The vulnerability is caused by improper thread pool handling in dotCMS Core. Upon successful exploitation, it allows attackers to cause denial-of-service attack on the target.


Users should apply the solution provided by dotCMS.

Additional Information

The vulnerability affected dotCMS Core version 22.06 and below.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to dotCMS on 12th July, 2022.

dotCMS confirmed the vulnerability on 30th July, 2022.


This vulnerability was discovered by Nguyen Thanh Nguyen of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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