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Ceph user credential leakage to consumers of OpenStack Manila


OpenStack Manila users can request access on a share to any arbitrary cephx user, including privileged pre-existing users of a Ceph cluster. They can then retrieve access secret keys for these pre-existing ceph users via Manila APIs. A cephx client user name and access secret key are required to mount a Native CephFS manila share. With a secret key, a manila user can impersonate a pre-existing ceph user and gain capabilities to manipulate resources that the manila user was never intended to have access to. It is possible to even obtain the default ceph "admin" user's key in this manner, and execute any commands as the ceph administrator.

Affected Services / Software

  • OpenStack Shared File Systems Service (Manila) versions Mitaka (2.0.0) through Victoria (11.0.0)
  • Ceph Luminous (<=v12.2.13), Mimic (<=v13.2.10), Nautilus (<=v14.2.15), Octopus (<=v15.2.7)


OpenStack Manila can provide users with Native CephFS shared file systems. When a user creates a "share" (short for "shared file system") via Manila, a CephFS "subvolume" is created on the Ceph cluster and exported. After creating their share, a user can specify who can have access to the share with the help of "cephx" client user names. A cephx client corresponds to Ceph Client Users [2]. When access is provided, a client user "access key" is returned via manila.

A ceph client user account is required to access any ceph resource. This includes interacting with Ceph cluster infrastructure daemons (ceph-mgr, ceph-mds, ceph-mon, ceph-osd) or consuming Ceph storage via RBD, RGW or CephFS. Deployment and orchestration services like ceph-ansible, nfs-ganesha, kolla, tripleo need ceph client users to work, as do OpenStack services such as cinder, manila, glance and nova for their own interactions with Ceph. For the purpose of illustrating this vulnerability, we'll call them "pre-existing" users of the Ceph cluster. Another example of a pre-existing user includes the "admin" user that is created by default on the ceph cluster.

In theory, manila's cephx users are no different from a ceph client user. When a manila user requests access to a share, a corresponding ceph user account is created if one already does not exist. If a ceph user account already exists, the existing capabilities of that user are adjusted to provide them permissions to access the manila share in question. There is no reasonable way for this mechanism to know what pre-existing ceph client users must be protected against unauthorized abuse. Therefore there is a risk that a manila user can claim to be a pre-existing ceph user to steal their access secret key.

To resolve this issue, the ceph interface that manila uses was patched to no longer allow manila to claim a pre-existing user account that it didn't create. By consequence this means that manila users cannot use cephx usernames that correspond to ceph client users that exist outside of manila.

Recommended Actions

  1. Upgrade your ceph software to the latest patched releases of ceph to take advantage of the fix to this vulnerability.
  2. Audit cephx access keys provisioned via manila. You may use "ceph auth ls" and ensure that no clients have been compromised. If they have been, you may need to delete and recreate the client credentials to prevent unauthorized access.
  3. The audit can also be performed on manila by enumerating all CephFS shares and their access rules as a system administrator. If a reserved ceph client username has been used, you may deny access and recreate the client credential on ceph to refresh the access secret.

No code changes were necessary in the OpenStack Shared File System service (manila). With an upgraded ceph, when manila users attempt to provide share access to a cephx username that they cannot use, the access rule's "state" attribute is set to "error" because this operation is no longer permitted.


The Ceph community has provided the following patches:

Ceph Octopus: https://github.com/ceph/ceph/commit/1b8a634fdcd94dfb3ba650793fb1b6d09af65e05

Ceph Nautilus: https://github.com/ceph/ceph/commit/7e3e4e73783a98bb07ab399438eb3aab41a6fc8b

Ceph Luminous: https://github.com/ceph/ceph/commit/956ceb853a58f6b6847b31fac34f2f0228a70579

The fixes are in the latest releases of Ceph Nautilus (14.2.16) and Ceph Octopus (15.2.8). The patch for Luminous was provided as a courtesy to possible users of OpenStack Manila, however the Ceph community no longer produces releases for Luminous or Mimic as they are end of life. See here for information about ceph releases.

Contacts / References


  • Pacha Ravi, Goutham gouthamr@redhat.com (Red Hat)


  • Garbutt, John john@johngarbutt.com (StackHPC)
  • Babel, Jahson jahson.babel@cc.in2p3.fr (Centre de Calcul de l'IN2P3)

This OSSN : https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OSSN/OSSN-0087

Original LaunchPad Bug : https://launchpad.net/bugs/1904015

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

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

CVE: CVE-2020-27781