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CVE-2020-8162 (activestorage): Circumvention of file size limits in ActiveStorage

ADVISORIES

GEM

activestorage

FRAMEWORK

rails

PATCHED VERSIONS

  • ~> 5.2.4, >= 5.2.4.3
  • >= 6.0.3.1

DESCRIPTION

There is a vulnerability in ActiveStorage’s S3 adapter that allows the Content-Length of a direct file upload to be modified by an end user.

Versions Affected: rails < 5.2.4.2, rails < 6.0.3.1 Not affected: Applications that do not use the direct upload functionality of the ActiveStorage S3 adapter. Fixed Versions: rails >= 5.2.4.3, rails >= 6.0.3.1

Impact

Utilizing this vulnerability, an attacker can control the Content-Length of an S3 direct upload URL without receiving a new signature from the server. This could be used to bypass controls in place on the server to limit upload size.

Workarounds

This is a low-severity security issue. As such, no workaround is necessarily until such time as the application can be upgraded.