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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Jenkins patches race conditions during setup
14 December 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: Windows
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Cross-site Request Forgery -- Remote with User Interaction
Unauthorised Access -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Comment: Please note that the bugs are triggered during setup.
The vendor advises:
"Affected instances need to be configured to restrict access."
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Jenkins Security Advisory 2017-12-14
This advisory announces two vulnerabilities in Jenkins.
Random failures to initialize the setup wizard on startup
A race condition during Jenkins startup could result in the wrong order
of execution of commands during initialization.
On Jenkins 2.81 and newer, including LTS 2.89.1, this could in rare cases
(we estimate less than 20% of new instances) result in failure to initialize
the setup wizard on the first startup. This resulted in the following security
settings not being set to their usual strict default:
No security realm was defined, and no admin user was created whose password
was written to the Jenkins log or the initialAdminPassword file.
The authorization strategy remained Anyone can do anything rather than
Logged-in users can do anything.
TCP port for JNLP agents, usually disabled by default, was open, unless a
Java system property controlling it was set.
CLI over Remoting was enabled.
CSRF Protection was disabled.
Agent Ã¢Â†Â’ Master Access Control was disabled.
Affected instances need to be configured to restrict access.
CSRF protection delayed after startup
A race condition during Jenkins startup could result in the wrong order of
execution of commands during initialization.
ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s a very short window of time after startup during which Jenkins may
no longer show the "Please wait while Jenkins is getting ready to work" message,
but Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection may not yet be effective.
As of publication of this advisory, weÃ¢Â€Â™ve been unable to confirm this can
actually be exploited, but generally recommend that users upgrade to the
fixed versions below.
Random failures to initialize the setup wizard on startup:
Jenkins 2.81 through 2.94 (inclusive)
Jenkins LTS 2.89.1
CSRF protection delayed after startup:
Jenkins up to and including 2.94
Jenkins LTS up to and including 2.89.1
Jenkins main line users should update to 2.95
Jenkins LTS users should update to 2.89.2
Users who originally installed Jenkins 2.81 through 2.94, or LTS 2.89.1,
should review all the options of the Configure Global Security screen.
These versions include fixes to all the vulnerabilities described above.
All prior versions are affected by these vulnerabilities unless
The Jenkins project would like to thank the reporters for discovering and
reporting these vulnerabilities:
Daniel Beck, CloudBees, Inc. for SECURITY-667
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