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Synapse Denial of service due to incorrect application of event authorization rules during state resolution

2023-05-2417:21:33
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6.5 Medium

CVSS3

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

0.002 Low

EPSS

Percentile

51.8%

Impact

If Synapse and a malicious homeserver are both joined to the same room, the malicious homeserver can trick Synapse into accepting previously rejected events into its view of the current state of that room. This can be exploited in a way that causes all further messages and state changes sent in that room from the vulnerable homeserver to be rejected.

Synapse homeservers are affected by this issue if and only if they are joined to rooms which members of untrusted homeservers are joined or invited to.

  • Synapse homeservers in rooms available over public federation are affected.
  • Synapse homeservers with federation disabled are not affected.
  • Synapse homeservers in a closed federation containing only trusted servers are not affected.
  • Synapse homeservers which are only joined to rooms with federation disabled[^1] are not affected.

Patches

Administrators of homeservers with federation enabled are advised to upgrade to 1.68.0 or higher.

Workarounds

  • Federation can be disabled by setting federation_domain_whitelist to an empty list ([]). from the vulnerable homeserver to be rejected. This issue has been patched in version 1.68.0

References

[^1]: See m.federate in the m.room.create definition.

For more information

If you have any questions or comments about this advisory, e-mail us at [email protected].

6.5 Medium

CVSS3

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

0.002 Low

EPSS

Percentile

51.8%