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CVE-2021-21303

Published: 5 February 2021

Helm is open-source software which is essentially "The Kubernetes Package Manager". Helm is a tool for managing Charts. Charts are packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources. In Helm from version 3.0 and before version 3.5.2, there a few cases where data loaded from potentially untrusted sources was not properly sanitized. When a SemVer in the `version` field of a chart is invalid, in some cases Helm allows the string to be used "as is" without sanitizing. Helm fails to properly sanitized some fields present on Helm repository `index.yaml` files. Helm does not properly sanitized some fields in the `plugin.yaml` file for plugins In some cases, Helm does not properly sanitize the fields in the `Chart.yaml` file. By exploiting these attack vectors, core maintainers were able to send deceptive information to a terminal screen running the `helm` command, as well as obscure or alter information on the screen. In some cases, we could send codes that terminals used to execute higher-order logic, like clearing a terminal screen. Further, during evaluation, the Helm maintainers discovered a few other fields that were not properly sanitized when read out of repository index files. This fix remedies all such cases, and once again enforces SemVer2 policies on version fields. All users of the Helm 3 should upgrade to the fixed version 3.5.2 or later. Those who use Helm as a library should verify that they either sanitize this data on their own, or use the proper Helm API calls to sanitize the data.

Priority

Medium

Cvss 3 Severity Score

6.8

Score breakdown

Status

Package Release Status
helm
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

groovy Ignored
(end of life)
hirsute Ignored
(end of life)
impish Ignored
(end of life)
jammy Needs triage

kinetic Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
lunar Ignored
(end of life, was needs-triage)
mantic Needs triage

noble Needs triage

trusty Does not exist

upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage

Severity score breakdown

Parameter Value
Base score 6.8
Attack vector Network
Attack complexity Low
Privileges required Low
User interaction Required
Scope Changed
Confidentiality None
Integrity impact High
Availability impact None
Vector CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N