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Dell EMC ScaleIO/VxFlex OS Backend Credentials Exposure


This vulnerability is present when using Cinder with a Dell EMC ScaleIO or VxFlex OS storage backend.

Note: The Dell EMC "ScaleIO" driver was rebranded as "VxFlex OS" in the Train release.

Affected Services / Software

Cinder / Ocata, Pike, Queens, Rocky, Stein, Train, Ussuri

This vulnerability applies only when using a Dell EMC ScaleIO/VxFlexOS Backend with Cinder. Other drivers are not impacted.


When using Cinder with the Dell EMC ScaleIO or VxFlex OS backend storage driver, credentials for the entire backend are exposed in the ``connection_info`` element in all Block Storage v3 Attachments API calls containing that element. This enables an end user to create a volume, make an API call to show the attachment detail information, and retrieve a username and password that may be used to connect to another user's volume. Additionally, these credentials are valid for the ScaleIO or VxFlex OS Management API, should an attacker discover the Management API endpoint.

This issue was reported by David Hill and Eric Harney of Red Hat.

Recommended Actions

Remediation of this issue consists of the following:

1. Patching the ScaleIO or VxFlex OS Cinder driver so that it no longer provides the password to Cinder when a Block Storage v3 Attachments API response is constructed.

2. Patching the ScaleIO connector in the os-brick library so that it retrieves the password from a configuration file readable only by root. (Note: the connector was not rebranded; both ScaleIO and VxFlex OS backends use the 'scaleio' os-brick connector.)

3. Patching the ScaleIO os-brick privileged file that allows the scaleio connector to escalate privileges for specific operations; this is necessary to allow the connector process to access the configuration file that is readable only by root.

4. Deploying a configuration file containing the password (and replication password, if applicable) to all compute nodes, cinder nodes, and anywhere you would perform a volume attachment in your deployment.

To refresh database information, all volumes should be detached and reattached.

Because this remediation consists of deploying credentials in a root-readable-only file, it is not suitable for the use case of attaching a volume to a bare metal host. Thus, the Dell EMC ScaleIO/VxFlex OS storage backend for Cinder is *not recommended* for use with bare metal hosts.

Note: The Ocata, Pike, Queens, and Rocky branches of OpenStack are in the Extended Maintenance phase. Point releases are no longer made from these branches and security patches are produced only on a reasonable effort basis. Patches for Queens and Rocky are provided as a courtesy. Patches for Ocata and Pike are not available.


Both cinder and os-brick must be patched. Documentation is provided as part of the cinder patch concerning the new configuration file that must be deployed to all compute nodes, cinder nodes, and anywhere you would perform a volume attachment in your deployment.






Alternatively, point releases for Stein, Train, and Ussuri will be made as soon as possible. These will be:

  • Stein: cinder 14.1.0, requires os-brick 2.8.5
  • Train: cinder 15.2.0, requires os-brick 2.10.3
  • Ussuri: cinder 16.1.0, requires os-brick 3.0.2

Contacts / References

Author: Brian Rosmaita, Red Hat

This OSSN : https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OSSN/OSSN-0086

Original LaunchPad Bug : https://bugs.launchpad.net/cinder/+bug/1823200

Mailing List : [Security] tag on openstack-discuss@lists.openstack.org

OpenStack Security Project : https://launchpad.net/~openstack-ossg

CVE: CVE-2020-10755