GitLab Critical Security Release: 16.8.1, 16.7.4, 16.6.6, 16.5.8

GitLab Security Advisory

Today we are releasing versions 16.8.1, 16.7.4, 16.6.6, 16.5.8 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE).

These versions contain important security fixes, and we strongly recommend that all GitLab installations be upgraded to
one of these versions immediately. GitLab.com and GitLab Dedicated environments are already running the patched version.

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In addition, the issues detailing each vulnerability are made public on our
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30 days after the release in which they were patched.

We are dedicated to ensuring all aspects of GitLab that are exposed to customers or that host customer data are held to
the highest security standards. As part of maintaining good security hygiene, it is highly recommended that all customers
upgrade to the latest security release for their supported version. You can read more
best practices in securing your GitLab instance in our blog post.

We strongly recommend that all installations running a version affected by the issues described below are upgraded to the latest version as soon as possible.

When no specific deployment type (omnibus, source code, helm chart, etc.) of a product is mentioned, this means all types are affected.

Table of fixes

TitleSeverity
Arbitrary file write while creating workspaceCritical
ReDoS in Cargo.toml blob viewerMedium
Arbitrary API PUT requests via HTML injection in user’s nameMedium
Disclosure of the public email in Tags RSS FeedMedium
Non-Member can update MR Assignees of owned MRsMedium

Arbitrary file write while creating workspace

An issue has been discovered in GitLab CE/EE affecting all versions from 16.0 prior to 16.5.8, 16.6 prior to 16.6.6, 16.7 prior to 16.7.4, and 16.8 prior to 16.8.1 which allows an authenticated user to write files to arbitrary locations on the GitLab server while creating a workspace.
This is a critical severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H, 9.9).
It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2024-0402.

The fix for this security vulnerability has been backported to 16.5.8 in addition to 16.6.6, 16.7.4, and 16.8.1. GitLab 16.5.8 only includes a fix for this vulnerability and does not contain any of the other fixes or changes mentioned in this blog post.

This vulnerability has been discovered internally by GitLab team member joernchen.

ReDoS in Cargo.toml blob viewer

An issue has been discovered in GitLab CE/EE affecting all versions from 12.7 prior to 16.6.6, 16.7 prior to 16.7.4, and 16.8 prior to 16.8.1 It was possible for an attacker to trigger a Regular Expression Denial of Service via a Cargo.toml containing maliciously crafted input.
This is a medium severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H, 6.5).
It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2023-6159.

Thanks yvvdwf for reporting this vulnerability through our HackerOne bug bounty program.

Arbitrary API PUT requests via HTML injection in user’s name

An issue has been discovered in GitLab CE/EE affecting all versions after 13.7 before 16.6.6, 16.7 prior to 16.7.4, and 16.8 prior to 16.8.1. Improper input sanitization of user name allows arbitrary API PUT requests.
This is a medium severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N, 6.4).
It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2023-5933.

Thanks yvvdwf for reporting this vulnerability through our HackerOne bug bounty program.

Disclosure of the public email in Tags RSS Feed

An issue has been discovered in GitLab affecting all versions before 16.6.6, 16.7 prior to 16.7.4, and 16.8 prior to 16.8.1. It was possible to read the user email address via tags feed although the visibility in the user profile has been disabled.
This is a medium severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N, 5.3).
It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2023-5612.

Thanks erruqill for reporting this vulnerability through our HackerOne bug bounty program.

Non-Member can update MR Assignees of owned MRs

An authorization vulnerability exists in GitLab versions 14.0 prior to 16.6.6, 16.7 prior to 16.7.4, and 16.8 prior to 16.8.1. An unauthorized attacker is able to assign arbitrary users to MRs that they created within the project .
This is a medium severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N, 4.3).
It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2024-0456.

Thanks to Niklas for reporting this vulnerability.

Update xmlsoft/libxml2 to >= v2.11.6

The xmlsoft/libxml2 version has been upgraded to 2.12.3 to mitigate CVE-2023-45322.

Upgrade redis to address CVE-2023-41056 (Redis RCE)

Redis has been upgraded to version 7.0.15 to mitigate CVE-2023-41056.

Non Security Patches

16.8.1

16.7.4

16.6.6

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