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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Jenkins Security Advisory 2017-11-08
9 November 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Cross-site Scripting -- Existing Account
Access Confidential Data -- Existing Account
Reduced Security -- Existing Account
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This advisory announces multiple vulnerabilities in Jenkins.
Unsafe use of user names as directory names
SECURITY-499 / CVE pending
Jenkins stores metadata related to people, which encompasses actual user
accounts, as well as users appearing in SCM, in directories corresponding to
the user ID on disk. These directories used the user ID for their name without
additional escaping. This potentially resulted in a number of problems, such
as the following:
- -User names consisting of a single forward slash would have their user
record stored in the parent directory; deleting this user deleted all user
- -User names containing character sequences such as .. could be used to
clobber other configuration files in Jenkins.
- -User names could consist of reserved names such as COM (on Windows).
This is not limited to the Jenkins user database security realm, other
security realms such as LDAP may allow users to create user names that result
in problems in Jenkins.
User names are now transformed into a filesystem-safe representation that is
used as directory name.
Persisted XSS vulnerability in autocompletion suggestions
SECURITY-641 / CVE pending
Autocompletion suggestions for text fields were not escaped, resulting in a
persisted cross-site scripting vulnerability if the source for the suggestions
allowed specifying text that includes HTML metacharacters like less-than and
Known previously unsafe sources for these suggestions include the names of
loggers in the log recorder condition, and agent labels.
Autocompletion suggestions are now escaped and can no longer contain
SECURITY-499: Various, the highest of which is low
Jenkins weekly up to and including 2.88
Jenkins LTS up to and including 2.73.2
Jenkins weekly should be updated to 2.89
Jenkins LTS should be updated to 2.73.3
These versions include fixes to the vulnerabilities described above. All prior
versions are affected by these vulnerabilities unless otherwise indicated.
The Jenkins project would like to thank the reporters for discovering and
reporting these vulnerabilities:
Darren Zhao for SECURITY-499
Viktor Gazdag of NCC Group for SECURITY-641
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