CollabNet Subversion Edge missing brute force protection

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2015-07-05T00:00:00


Vuln Title: The CollabNet Subversion Edge does not protect against brute

forcing accounts

Date: 28.06.2015

Author: otr

Software Link:

Vendor: CollabNet

Version: 4.0.11

Tested on: Fedora Linux

Type: Lack of defensive measures

Risk: Medium

Status: public/fixed

Fixed versions: 5.0


2014-10-09 Flaw Discovered 2014-10-20 Vendor contacted 2014-10-21 Vendor response 2014-12-08 Vendor fix proposal 2014-12-08 Extension of embargo to 19.4.2015 2015-05-04 Extension of embargo until release of version 5.0 2015-05-18 Release of version 5.0 and public disclosure


The CollabNet Subversion Edge Management Frontend does not protect against brute forcing accounts. An attacker has infinite tries to guess a valid user password.

Fix proposal:

Implement user specific time penalities or lock outs after a certain amount of failed logins and provide configuration options for that feature.

Vendor fix:

Invalid logins now cause an exponential increase in response time. The rate of increase and maximum is configurable with the default settings of 1 minute wait time after 15 invalid logins in 5 minutes.