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Subversion 1.0.8 released. *SECURITY FIX*

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: 2004-09-23 04:04:57 CEST

Subversion 1.0.8 is ready. Grab it from:


The MD5 checksums are:

  40b5b5edd4e0daec802661cd64d562e4 subversion-1.0.8.tar.gz
  b2378b7d9d00653249877531a61ef1db subversion-1.0.8.tar.bz2
  9fec445c8ffdad08cd89515c62de9c4d subversion-1.0.8.zip

PGP Signatures are available at:

PGP Signatures will be made by the following person(s) for this release:
   Ben Reser [1024D/641E358B] with fingerprint:
   42F5 91FD E577 F545 FB40 8F6B 7241 856B 641E 358B

This release fixes a security flaw. mod_authz_svn, the Apache httpd
module which does path-based authorization on Subversion repositories,
 is not correctly protecting all metadata on unreadable paths.

This metadata leakage affects the mod_authz_svn module in all released
versions of Subversion (through 1.0.7), as well as the 1.1-rc1, -rc2
and -rc3 release candidates. The leakage is fixed in the 1.0.8 and
1.1-rc4 release, as well as the upcoming 1.1 final release.


If a Subversion commit affects paths that an administrator has marked
"unreadable" using mod_authz_svn, then

   - "svn log -v" will list the existence of the unreadable paths;
   - "svn log -v" will show the commit's log message, which might be
                  considered sensitive metadata in some situations;
   - "svn propget" is also able to fetch the log message of any commit;
   - "svn blame" and other commands that follow renames are able to
                  acknowledge the existence of earlier versions of
                  files that exist at unreadable locations.


Mild-to-medium severity, depending on your situation.

This security issue is not about revealing the contents of protected
files: it only reveals metadata about protected areas such as paths
and log messages. This may or may not be important to your
organization, depending on how you're using path-based authorization,
and the sensitivity of the metadata.

(Exception: in the case of "svn blame", and only in svn 1.1-rc2 and
-rc3, it's possible that older unreadable versions of a file are being
transported from server to client; the contents aren't displayed, but
the data is still traveling over the network.)

These issues only affects users of mod_authz_svn, not people using
native httpd.conf directives (such as <Limit> or <LimitExcept>)
directives to limit general readability on whole repositories.


* Use mod_authz_svn to restrict writes only, not reads.

* Break unreadable areas into separate repositories, and use native
  apache httpd.conf directives to make them unreadable.


  CAN-2004-0749: mod_authz_svn fails to protect metadata


We recommend an upgrade to 1.0.8 or 1.1.0-rc4.

-The Subversion Team


 * fixed: mod_authz_svn path and log-message metadata leaks.
          See CAN-2004-0749, and descriptive advisory at

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