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Sensitive data is exposed in log statements by python-keystoneclient


Python-keystoneclient is a client tool for the OpenStack Identity API, which is implemented by the Keystone project. Various OpenStack services including the OpenStack Dashboard depend on python-keystoneclient to consume the OpenStack Identity API service. A particular log level setting in python-keystoneclient can lead to exposure of user sensitive data (e.g., passwords or tokens) in log statements.

Affected Services / Software



Python-keystoneclient provides an interface for making Identity API requests to the OpenStack Identity Service, Keystone. Python-keystoneclient handles user sensitive data such as user passwords and tokens when sending requests or receiving responses from a Keystone server. Like all OpenStack projects, python-keystoneclient uses a python logger to log request/response activities. When python-keystoneclient runs with the DEBUG log level enabled, sensitive data such as user passwords and tokens associated with requests/responses will be exposed in log statements. For example:

 $ keystone --debug user-list
 DEBUG:keystoneclient.session:REQ: curl -i -X POST -H "Content-Type:application/json"
     -H "User-Agent: python-keystoneclient"
 DEBUG:keystoneclient.session:REQ BODY: {"auth": {"tenantName": "admin",
     "passwordCredentials": {"username": "admin", "password": "stack"

This sensitive data can potentially be exploited by an attacker with access to the log statements.

Python-keystoneclient is used by Horizon and other Identity consuming services to authenticate a user against the Identity API service, Keystone. A user providing password or token for authentication to these services could result in the capture of this sensitive data in the respective services log statements.

Recommended Actions

Version 0.10.1 of python-keystoneclient has addressed this issue by not exposing user password and token information in log statements. Any service using version 0.10.1 or later of python-keystoneclient is not affected by this issue. Other services using old versions, should upgrade to a fixed version of python-keystoneclient.

For a fresh installation of a service which depends on pythone-keystoneclient, make sure it uses at least version 0.10.1 of python-keystoneclient. One way to do this is to set a specific version in the requirments.txt file. For example, in Horizon, update horizon/requirements.txt file:


For existing installations, upgrade python-keystoneclient to the latest version. For example, python package manager (PIP) can be used to upgrade the existing installations.

 $ pip install python-keystoneclient --upgrade

An alternate approach is to never run a production system with the log level in DEBUG mode.

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