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CVE-2020-5257 (administrate): Sort order SQL injection via `direction` parameter in administrate

ADVISORIES

GEM

administrate

PATCHED VERSIONS

  • >= 0.13.0

DESCRIPTION

In Administrate (rubygem) before version 0.13.0, when sorting by attributes on a dashboard, the direction parameter was not validated before being interpolated into the SQL query.

This could present a SQL injection if the attacker were able to modify the direction parameter and bypass ActiveRecord SQL protections.

Whilst this does have a high-impact, to exploit this you need access to the Administrate dashboards, which should generally be behind authentication.