Improper Authentication in Istio



Published: 2020-02-17
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-8843
CWE-ID CWE-287
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Vendor Istio

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Improper Authentication

EUVDB-ID: #VU25386

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.4 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-8843

CWE-ID: CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to bypass authentication process.

The vulnerability exists due to an error in Mixer policy checks. Istio-proxy accepts x-istio-attributes header at ingress that can be used to affect policy decisions when Mixer policy selectively applies to source equal to ingress. A remote attacker can bypass authentication process and gain unauthorized access to the application.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Istio: 1.3 - 1.3.6


CPE2.3 External links

http://github.com/istio/istio/commits/master
http://istio.io/news/security/
http://istio.io/news/security/istio-security-2020-002/

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.



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