Apache Axis2 1.7.3 is a security release that contains a fix for CVE-2010-3981. That security vulnerability affects the admin console that is part of the Axis2 Web application and was originally reported for SAP BusinessObjects (which includes a version of Axis2). That report didn’t mention Axis2 at all and the Axis2 project only recently became aware (thanks to Devesh Bhatt and Nishant Agarwala) that the issue affects Apache Axis2 as well.
The admin console now has a CSRF prevention mechanism and all known XSS vulnerabilities as well as two non-security bugs in the admin console (AXIS2-4764 and AXIS2-5716) have been fixed. Users of the Axis2 WAR distribution are encouraged to upgrade to 1.7.3 to take advantage of these improvements.
This release also fixes a regression in the HTTP client code that is triggered by the presence of certain types of cookies in HTTP responses (see AXIS2-5772).