[rt-announce] Security vulnerabilities in RT

Alex Vandiver alexmv at bestpractical.com
Tue May 22 10:34:53 EDT 2012

Internal audits of the RT codebase have uncovered a number of security
vulnerabilities in RT.  We are releasing versions 3.8.12 and 4.0.6 to
resolve these vulnerabilities, as well as patches which apply atop all
released versions of 3.8 and 4.0.

The vulnerabilities addressed by 3.8.12, 4.0.6, and the below patches
include the following:

The previously released tool to upgrade weak password hashes as part of
CVE-2011-0009 was an incomplete fix and failed to upgrade passwords of
disabled users.  This release includes an updated version of the
`vulnerable-passwords` tool, which should be run again to upgrade the
remaining password hashes.  CVE-2011-2082 is assigned to this

RT versions 3.0 and above contain a number of cross-site scripting (XSS)
vulnerabilities which allow an attacker to run JavaScript with the
user's credentials.  CVE-2011-2083 is assigned to this vulnerability.

RT versions 3.0 and above are vulnerable to multiple information
disclosure vulnerabilities.  This includes the ability for privileged
users to expose users' previous password hashes -- this vulnerability is
particularly dangerous given RT's weak hashing previous to the fix in
CVE-2011-0009.  A separate vulnerability allows privileged users to
obtain correspondence history for any ticket in RT.  CVE-2011-2084 is
assigned to this vulnerability.

All publicly released versions of RT are vulnerable to cross-site
request forgery (CSRF), in which a malicious website causes the browser
to make a request to RT as the currently logged in user.  This attack
vector could be used for information disclosure, privilege escalation,
and arbitrary execution of code.  Because some external integrations may
rely on RT's previously permissive functionality, we have included a
configuration option ($RestrictReferrer) to disable CSRF protection.  We
have also added an additional configuration parameter
($ReferrerWhitelist) to aid in exempting certain originating sites from
CSRF protections.  CVE-2011-2085 is assigned to this vulnerability.

We have also added a separate configuration option
($RestrictLoginReferrer) to prevent login CSRF, a different class of
CSRF attack where the user is silently logged in using the attacker's
credentials.  $RestrictLoginReferrer defaults to disabled, because this
functionality's benign usage is more commonly relied upon and presents
less of a threat vector for RT than many other types of online

RT versions 3.6.1 and above are vulnerable to a remote execution of code
vulnerability if the optional VERP configuration options ($VERPPrefix
and $VERPDomain) are enabled.  RT 3.8.0 and higher are vulnerable to a
limited remote execution of code which can be leveraged for privilege
escalation.  RT 4.0.0 and above contain a vulnerability in the global
$DisallowExecuteCode option, allowing sufficiently privileged users to
still execute code even if RT was configured to not allow it.
CVE-2011-4458 is assigned to this set of vulnerabilities.

RT versions 3.0 and above may, under some circumstances, still respect
rights that a user only has by way of a currently-disabled group.
CVE-2011-4459 is assigned to this vulnerability.

RT versions 2.0 and above are vulnerable to a SQL injection attack,
which allow privileged users to obtain arbitrary information from the
database.  CVE-2011-4460 is assigned to this vulnerability.

In addition to releasing RT versions 3.8.12 and 4.0.6 which address
these issues, we have also collected patches for all releases of 3.8 and 4.0
into a distribution available for download at this link:


37e49809e28f1f48313a25b4abf3acd2e863fc26  security-2012-05-22.tar.gz
87be1fad89e078d49a146e8594eb64a78368b7cb  security-2012-05-22.tar.gz.asc

The README in the tarball contains instructions for applying the
patches.  If you need help resolving this issue locally, we will provide
discounted pricing for single-incident support; please contact us at
sales at bestpractical.com for more information.

 - Alex

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