Possible Information Leak / Session Hijack Vulnerability in Rack

Type github
Reporter GitHub Advisory Database
Modified 2021-01-08T20:35:16


There's a possible information leak / session hijack vulnerability in Rack. Attackers may be able to find and hijack sessions by using timing attacks targeting the session id. Session ids are usually stored and indexed in a database that uses some kind of scheme for speeding up lookups of that session id. By carefully measuring the amount of time it takes to look up a session, an attacker may be able to find a valid session id and hijack the session.

The session id itself may be generated randomly, but the way the session is indexed by the backing store does not use a secure comparison.


The session id stored in a cookie is the same id that is used when querying the backing session storage engine. Most storage mechanisms (for example a database) use some sort of indexing in order to speed up the lookup of that id. By carefully timing requests and session lookup failures, an attacker may be able to perform a timing attack to determine an existing session id and hijack that session.


The 1.6.12 and 2.0.8 releases are available at the normal locations.


There are no known workarounds.


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

  • 1-6-session-timing-attack.patch - Patch for 1.6 series
  • 2-0-session-timing-attack.patch - Patch for 2.6 series


Thanks Will Leinweber for reporting this!