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[CVE-2014-3482] [CVE-2014-3483] Two Active Record SQL Injection Vulnerabilities Affecting PostgreSQL


Rafael Mendonça França Jul 2, 2014 10:11 AM
Posted in group: Ruby on Rails: Security
There are two distinct but related vulnerabilities in PostgreSQL adapter for Active Record. These vulnerabilities have been assigned the CVE identifiers CVE-2014-3482 and CVE-2014-3483.

Versions Affected:  All Versions > 2.0
Not affected:       Databases other than PostgreSQL
Fixed Versions:     3.2.19, 4.0.7 & 4.1.3

Impact
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PostgreSQL supports a number of unique data types which are not present in other supported databases.  A bug in the SQL quoting code in ActiveRecord can allow an attacker to inject arbitrary SQL using carefully crafted values.

Only applications which query against either bitstring or range types are vulnerable. The particular data types affected depend on the version of Rails you're using, but the vulnerable code will look the same.  Vulnerable code will take either take the form of:

  Model.where(bitstring: params[:some_value])
  Model.where(range: params[:from]..params[:to])

The specific versions affected is included below, however all users running an affected release should upgrade immediately.

SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'bitstring' quoting
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Versions Affected: 2.0.0-3.2.18
Not Affected: 4.0 and Later
Identifier: CVE-2014-3482

SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'range' quoting
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Versions Affected: 4.0.0-4.1.2
Not Affected: All versions prior to 4.0.0
Identifier: CVE-2014-3483

Releases
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The 3.2.19, 4.0.7 & 4.1.3 releases are available at the normal locations.

Workarounds
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The only feasible workaround for this issue is to not allow user controlled values to be used in queries with the affected data types.  Given the difficulty of ensuring this, upgrading is strongly advised.

Patches
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To aid users who aren't able to upgrade immediately we have provided patches for the two supported release series and the last major release series.  They are in git-am format and consist of a single changeset.

* 4-1-postgres-sqli.patch - Patch for 4.1 series
* 4-0-postgres-sqli.patch - Patch for 4.0 series
* 3-2-postgres-sqli.patch - Patch for 3.2 series

Please note that only the 4.0.x and 4.1.x series receive regular security updates at present.  Users of earlier unsupported releases are advised to upgrade as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee the continued availability of security fixes for earlier releases.

Credits
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Thanks to Sean Griffin of thoughtbot for reporting the vulnerability to us, and to Jeff Jarmoc of Matasano and Charlie Somerville of GitHub for working with us to review the patches and advisories.