ELA-890-1 php-cas security update
Package : php-cas
Version : 1.3.3-4+deb9u1 (stretch)
Related CVEs :
Two vulnerabilities has been found in phpCAS, a Central Authentication
Service client library in php, which may allow an attacker to gain
access to a victim’s account on a vulnerable CASified service without
victim’s knowledge, when the victim visits attacker’s website while
being logged in to the same CAS server and an possible
authentication bypass vulnerability, if used with an vulnerable CAS
server suspectible to XML injection.
The fix for this vulnerabilty requires an API breaking change in php-cas
and will require that software using the library be updated.
The only package depending on php-cas in stretch, package fusiondirectory,
is not supported by ELTS und therefore has not been updated. It will
stop working if configured to use CAS.
For software using php-cas, please see the upstream instructions how to
update this software :
phpCAS now requires an additional service base URL argument when constructing
the client class. It accepts any argument of:
A service base URL string. The service URL discovery will always use this
server name (protocol, hostname and port number) without using any external
An array of service base URL strings. The service URL discovery will check
against this list before using the auto discovered base URL. If there is no
match, the first base URL in the array will be used as the default. This
option is helpful if your PHP website is accessible through multiple domains
without a canonical name, or through both HTTP and HTTPS.
A class that implements CAS_ServiceBaseUrl_Interface. If you need to
customize the base URL discovery behavior, you can pass in a class that
implements the interface.
Constructing the client class is usually done with phpCAS::client().
For example, using the first possiblity:
phpCAS::client(CAS_VERSION_2_0, $cas_host, $cas_port, $cas_context);
phpCAS::client(CAS_VERSION_2_0, $cas_host, $cas_port, $cas_context, "https://casified-service.example.org:8080");
Details of the vulnerabilities:
The phpCAS library uses HTTP headers to determine the service URL used
to validate tickets. This allows an attacker to control the host header
and use a valid ticket granted for any authorized service in the same
SSO realm (CAS server) to authenticate to the service protected by
phpCAS. Depending on the settings of the CAS server service registry in
worst case this may be any other service URL (if the allowed URLs are
configured to "^(https)://.*") or may be strictly limited to known and
authorized services in the same SSO federation if proper URL service
validation is applied.
Jasig phpCAS version 1.3.4 is vulnerable to an authentication bypass
in the validateCAS20 function when configured to authenticate
against an old CAS server (which needs to be suspectible to XML tag)
A php-cas security update has been released for Debian GNU/Linux 9 Extended LTS to address two vulnerabilities.