This document provides information about the patch releases to resolve the Spring4Shell vulnerabilities (CVE-2022-22965) in Cisco Crosswork products.


Problem Summary

The Spring4Shell vulnerability impacts a Spring MVC or Spring WebFlux application running on JDK 9+ that may be vulnerable to remote code execution (RCE) via data binding. The specific exploit requires the application to run on Tomcat as a WAR deployment. If the application is deployed as a Spring Boot executable jar (for example, the default), it is not vulnerable to the exploit. However, the nature of the vulnerability is more general, and there may be other ways to exploit it.

  • CVE-2022-22965: Spring Framework RCE via Data Binding on JDK 9+ vulnerability.


Every Microservice impacted is upgraded to Spring Framework versions 5.3.18 or 5.2.20. For older applications, running on Tomcat with an unsupported Spring Framework version, Apache Tomcat is upgraded to versions 10.0.20, 9.0.62, or 8.5.78 along with Disallowed Fields setting.

Patch Release Versions for Cisco Crosswork Products

The patch files (.tar.gz) are available on the Cisco Software Download page.

Table 1. Patch Releases

Cisco Crosswork Product

New Releases with Fix

Defect ID

Crosswork Infrastructure







Crosswork Network Controller






Crosswork Optimization Engine




Cisco Crosswork Change Automation and Health Insights

Only Crosswork Infrastructure patches are required


Cisco Network Services Orchestrator




Crosswork Zero Touch Provisioning




Crosswork Data Gateway

There is no attack vector for Crosswork Data Gateway. Use the released versions.



Once a VPN Profile is deleted, it cannot be recreated from Service Provision UI form in Crosswork Network Controller. Attempting to recreate it from UI fails with the message "No Configuration Change Detected". The bug is specific to VPN profiles (/l3vpn-ntw:l3vpn-ntw/vpn-profiles/valid-provider-identifiers/routing-profile-identifier) in Crosswork Network Controller 3.0.2 UI only.

To address this issue, use one of the workarounds below:

  • Workaround 1: If a VPN Profile is deleted, delete the corresponding Route Policy as well and recreate the Route Policy. This will automatically create the VPN Profile.

  • Workaround 2: Use the RESTCONF API to create the VPN Profile. This is a Cisco Crosswork Network Controller UI only issue.

  • Workaround 3: In the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller UI, import the payload directly to create the VPN Profile.

Patch Installation Workflow

This section explains how to install patch files from the Cisco Crosswork UI.

Before you begin, ensure that you have the following:

  • Patch image file (.tar.gz) downloaded from Cisco Software Download to your local machine.

  • Cisco Crosswork Administrator user credentials.

  • Management IP address used for your Crosswork VM deployment.


If you encounter any error while installing the patch, please contact the Cisco Customer Experience team.


Step 1

Click on Administration > Crosswork Management, and select the Application Management tab. The Crosswork Platform Infrastructure and any applications that are added are displayed here as tiles.

Step 2

Click on the Add File (.tar.gz) option to add the patch file that you had downloaded.

Step 3

In the Add File dialog box, enter the relevant information and click Add.

Step 4

Once the file is added, you can observe the existing application tile (in this example, Zero Touch Provisioning) displaying an upgrade prompt.

To upgrade, click the upgrade prompt and the patch file is installed.

Step 5

Alternatively, click on the application tile, and select the Upgrade option from the drop down list.

In the Upgrade pop up screen, select the new version that you want to upgrade to, and click Upgrade. Click on Job History to see the progress of the upgrade operation.

Step 6

Additional installation steps for Crosswork Infrastructure 4.0.2 patch:


The following steps are applicable only for Crosswork Infrastructure 4.0.2 patch image (cw-na-infra-patch-4.0.2-4-release-220503.tar.gz) and are not needed for any other patch file.

  1. Download Crosswork Infrastructure 4.0.2 patch image (cw-na-infra-patch-4.0.2-4-release-220503.tar.gz) from into any linux server.

  2. Verify the checksum before proceeding. Hover the cursor over the image file and copy the checksum (either MD5 or SHA512) from Execute the below commands to check the file integrity.

    cd <directory consisting .tar.gz file>
    md5sum ./cw-na-infra-patch-4.0.2-4-release-220503.tar.gz
    sha512sum ./cw-na-infra-patch-4.0.2-4-release-220503.tar.gz

    Compare the checksum displayed against the value copied from

  3. Unzip the patch image file.

    cd <folder where tar was download>
    tar -xvf ./cw-na-infra-script-4.0.2.tar.gz

    The following files (bash script and instructions) are displayed:

    -- README.txt 
  4. Execute the following commands from the directory containing the bash script.

    scp ./ cw-admin@<cw mgmt-ip>:/home/cw-admin/
    Replace <cw mgmt-ip> with the management IP address used for your Crosswork deployment.
  5. Execute the bash script.


    The script requires user input, follow instructions as per script execution.

    cd /home/cw-admin
    chmod +x ./

    This script restarts the Crosswork Infrastructure pods that were patched for the new patched image to take effect. Monitor the script and enter yes for each of the pods as prompted.