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CVE-2020-8264 (actionpack): Possible XSS Vulnerability in Action Pack in Development Mode

ADVISORIES

GEM

actionpack

FRAMEWORK

rails

UNAFFECTED VERSIONS

  • < 6.0.0

PATCHED VERSIONS

  • >= 6.0.3.4

DESCRIPTION

There is a possible XSS vulnerability in Action Pack while the application server is in development mode. This vulnerability is in the Actionable Exceptions middleware. This vulnerability has been assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2020-8264.

Versions Affected: >= 6.0.0 Not affected: < 6.0.0 Fixed Versions: 6.0.3.4

Impact

When an application is running in development mode, and attacker can send or embed (in another page) a specially crafted URL which can allow the attacker to execute JavaScript in the context of the local application.

Workarounds

Until such time as the patch can be applied, application developers should disable the Actionable Exceptions middleware in their development environment via a line such as this one in their config/environment/development.rb:

config.middleware.delete ActionDispatch::ActionableExceptions