2.15. CVE-2022-24706: Apache CouchDB Remote Privilege Escalation




3.2.1 and below




The Apache Software Foundation

2.15.1. Description

An attacker can access an improperly secured default installation without authenticating and gain admin privileges.

  1. CouchDB opens a random network port, bound to all available interfaces in anticipation of clustered operation and/or runtime introspection. A utility process called epmd advertises that random port to the network. epmd itself listens on a fixed port.

  2. CouchDB packaging previously chose a default cookie value for single-node as well as clustered installations. That cookie authenticates any communication between Erlang nodes.

The CouchDB documentation has always made recommendations for properly securing an installation, but not all users follow the advice.

We recommend a firewall in front of all CouchDB installations. The full CouchDB api is available on registered port 5984 and this is the only port that needs to be exposed for a single-node install. Installations that do not expose the separate distribution port to external access are not vulnerable.

2.15.2. Mitigation

CouchDB 3.2.2 and onwards will refuse to start with the former default erlang cookie value of monster. Installations that upgrade to this versions are forced to choose a different value.

In addition, all binary packages have been updated to bind epmd as well as the CouchDB distribution port to and/or ::1 respectively.

2.15.3. Credit

This issue was identified by Alex Vandiver.