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CST-SA: LPS-26935 All JSON web services are accessible without authentication.

Date

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:45:33 +0000

Title

CST-SA: LPS-26935 All JSON web services are accessible without authentication.

Description

All JSON web services are, by default, accessible without authentication. Due to this vulnerability, anyone can, for example, create a new user with administrator rights.

Severity

Severity 1

Workaround

  • Option 1: Turn off all JSON web services by adding the following to portal-ext.properties:

json.web.service.enabled=false

  • Option 2: Disable anonymous access to JSON web services by adding the following to portal-ext.properties:

jsonws.web.service.public.methods=

json.service.public.methods=

Option 2 will help reduce the risk but will not completely eliminate the risk. Option 1 will eliminate the risk, but will also cause some portal functionality to no longer work.

Issue Links

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Patching Instructions

See the Community Security Team Process page for details on working with source and binary patches.

Binary Patch Links

Note: The below links point to a download page which contains multiple binary patches with the following naming scheme: <Liferay-Version>-security-<patch-version>.zip. Be sure to use the latest patch for your Liferay release!

Note: Binary patches only apply to the release with which this issue is associated. Applying a binary patch to any other release will probably result in a broken install!

Source Patch Links

Note that source patches only apply to the release with which this issue is associated. Applying a source patch to any other release will probably result in a broken install! For Github URLs suffixed with .patch, removing this suffix will yield a graphical view of the patch

Credit

This issue was discovered and reported by Jelmer Kuperus.