2.16.5, 2.17.7 Security Advisory

Saturday, Jul 10th, 2004

2.16.5, 2.17.7 Security Advisory

July 10, 2004


Bugzilla is a Web-based bug-tracking system, used by a large number of
software projects.

This advisory covers security bugs that have recently been discovered
and fixed in the Bugzilla code: In the stable 2.16 releases, one instance
of arbitrary SQL injection exploitable only by a privileged user, several
instances of insufficient data validation and/or escaping, and two 
instances of unprivileged access to names of restricted products. We know
of no occasion where any of these vulnerabilities have been exploited.

All Bugzilla installations are advised to upgrade to the latest stable
version of Bugzilla, 2.16.6, which was released today.

Development snapshots prior to version 2.18rc1 are also affected, so if
you are using a development snapshot, you should obtain a newer one
(2.18rc1) or use CVS to update.

Vulnerability Details

Issue 1
Class:       Database Password Compromise
Versions:    2.17.1 through 2.17.7 (2.16-based releases are not affected)
Description: If the SQL server is halted but the webserver is left running,
             older versions of DBI display an error message to the remote
             user which contains the database password. While a properly-
             configured database would still only be accessible by a local
             user using that password, all installations are advised to
             change the password after upgrading.
Reference:   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=227191

Issue 2
Class:       Privilege escalation
Versions:    2.17.1 through 2.17.7 (2.16-based releases are not affected)
Description: A user with privileges to grant membership to one or more
             individual groups (i.e. usually an administrator) can
             trick the administrative controls into granting membership
             in groups other than the ones he has privileges for.
Reference:   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=233486

Issue 3
Class:       Information Leak
Versions:    All versions prior to 2.16.6 and 2.18rc1
Description: If Bugzilla is configured to hide entire products from some
             users, both duplicates.cgi and the form for mass-editing a
             list of bugs in buglist.cgi can disclose the names of those
             hidden products to such users.
References:  https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=234825

Issue 4
Class:       Cross-site scripting vulnerability
Versions:    All versions prior to 2.16.6 and 2.18rc1
Description: Several administration CGIs echo invalid data back to the
             user without escaping it.
Reference:   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235265

Issue 5
Class:       User Password embedded in URL
Versions:    2.17.5 through 2.17.7 (2.16-based releases are not affected)
Description: The user's password can be embedded as part of an image URL,
             and thus visible in the web server logs, if the user is
             prompted to log in while attempting to view a chart. 
Reference:   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235510

Issue 6
Class:       Remote SQL injection vulnerability
Versions:    All versions prior to 2.16.6 and 2.18rc1
Description: A user with privileges to grant membership to any group
             (i.e. usually an administrator) can trick editusers.cgi
             into executing arbitrary SQL.
Reference:   https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=244272

Vulnerability Solutions

The fixes for all of the security bugs mentioned in this advisory
are included in the 2.16.6 and 2.18rc1 releases.  Upgrading to these
releases will protect installations from possible exploits of these

Full release downloads, patches to upgrade Bugzilla to 2.16.6 from
previous 2.16.x versions, and CVS upgrade instructions are available at:

Specific patches for each of the individual issues can be found on the
corresponding bug reports for each issue, at the URL given in the
reference for that issue in the list above.


The Bugzilla team wish to thank the following people for their
assistance in locating, advising us of, and assisting us to fix 
these situations:

Vlad Dascalu
Laran Evans
Jouni Heikniemi
Felix Hieronymi
Byron Jones
Gervase Markham
Dave Miller
Gabriel Millerd
Joel Peshkin
Christian Reis

General information about the Bugzilla bug-tracking system can be found
at https://www.bugzilla.org/

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