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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Important: openstack-keystone security update
17 October 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Red Hat
Operating System: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6
Impact/Access: Unauthorised Access -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2012-4457 CVE-2012-4456 CVE-2012-4413
Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on
platforms other than Red Hat. It is recommended that administrators
running openstack-keystone check for an updated version of the
software for their operating system.
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Important: openstack-keystone security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:1378-01
Product: Red Hat OpenStack
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-1378.html
Issue date: 2012-10-16
CVE Names: CVE-2012-3542 CVE-2012-4413 CVE-2012-4456
Updated openstack-keystone packages that fix multiple security issues are
now available for Red Hat OpenStack Essex.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each
vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
RHOS Essex Release - noarch
Keystone is a Python implementation of the OpenStack
(http://www.openstack.org) identity service API.
It was found that Keystone incorrectly handled authorization failures. If
a client attempted to change their tenant membership to one they are not
authorized to join, Keystone correctly returned a not authorized error;
however, the client was still added to the tenant. Users able to access the
Keystone administrative API could use this flaw to add any user to any
When logging into Keystone, the user receives a token to use for
authentication with other services managed by Keystone. It was found that
Keystone failed to revoke tokens if privileges were revoked, allowing users
to retain access to resources they should no longer be able to access while
their token remains valid. (CVE-2012-4413)
It was found that the Keystone administrative API was missing
authentication for certain actions. Users able to access the Keystone
administrative API could use this flaw to add, start, and stop services, as
well as list the roles for any user. (CVE-2012-4456)
It was found that Keystone incorrectly handled disabled tenants. A user
belonging to a disabled tenant could use this flaw to continue accessing
resources as if the tenant were not disabled. (CVE-2012-4457)
Red Hat would like to thank Dolph Mathews for reporting CVE-2012-3542 and
All users of openstack-keystone are advised to upgrade to these updated
packages, which upgrade openstack-keystone to upstream version 2012.1.2
and correct these issues. After installing the updated packages, the
Keystone service (openstack-keystone) will be restarted automatically.
Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.
This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
852510 - CVE-2012-3542 OpenStack Keystone: Lack of authorization for adding users to tenants
855491 - CVE-2012-4413 OpenStack-Keystone: role revocation token issues
861179 - CVE-2012-4456 Openstack Keystone 2012.1.1: fails to validate tokens in Admin API
861180 - CVE-2012-4457 OpenStack Keystone 2012.1.1: fails to raise Unauthorized user error for disabled tenant
6. Package List:
RHOS Essex Release:
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details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/
Copyright 2012 Red Hat, Inc.
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