Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#10301 closed enhancement (fixed)


Reported by: ken@… Owned by: ken@…
Priority: high Milestone: 8.2
Component: BOOK Version: SVN
Severity: normal Keywords:


Starting from a link at The Register, I eventually got to [ , posting parts of that:

libcurl might leak authentication data to third parties.

When asked to send custom headers in its HTTP requests, libcurl will send that set of headers first to the host in the initial URL but also, if asked to follow redirects and a 30X HTTP response code is returned, to the host mentioned in URL in the Location: response header value.

Sending the same set of headers to subsequest hosts is in particular a problem for applications that pass on custom Authorization: headers, as this header often contains privacy sensitive information or data that could allow others to impersonate the libcurl-using client's request.

We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw.

This bug has existed since before curl 6.0. It existed in the first commit we have recorded in the project.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2018-1000007 to this issue.

In libcurl version 7.58.0, custom Authorization: headers will be limited the same way other such headers is controlled within libcurl: they will only be sent to the host used in the original URL unless libcurl is told that it is ok to pass on to others using the CURLOPT_UNRESTRICTED_AUTH option.

NOTE: this solution creates a slight change in behavior. Users who actually want to pass on the header to other hosts now need to give curl that specific permission. You do this with --location-trusted with the curl command line tool.

Change History (2)

comment:1 by ken@…, 6 years ago

Owner: changed from blfs-book@… to ken@…
Status: newassigned

comment:2 by ken@…, 6 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed
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