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Security Advisories: GSA_kwCzR0hTQS04NjJnLTloNW0tbTNxds0W6A

coreos-installer < 0.10.0 writes world-readable Ignition config to installed system


On systems installed with coreos-installer before 0.10.0, the user-provided Ignition config was written to /boot/ignition/config.ign with world-readable permissions, granting unprivileged users access to any secrets included in the config.

Default configurations of Fedora CoreOS and RHEL CoreOS do not include any unprivileged user accounts. In addition, instances launched from a cloud image, and systems provisioned with the ignition.config.url kernel argument, do not use the config.ign file and are unaffected.


coreos-installer 0.10.0 and later writes the Ignition config with restricted permissions.


On Fedora CoreOS systems installed from version 34.20210711.3.0 (stable), 34.20210711.2.0 (testing), 34.20210711.1.1 (next) and later, the /boot/ignition directory and its contents are removed after provisioning is complete. All Fedora CoreOS systems that have updated to these versions or later have automatically removed the /boot/ignition directory and no action is required.

On other systems, /boot/ignition/config.ign can be removed manually, as it is not used after provisioning is complete:

sudo mount -o remount,rw /boot
sudo rm -rf /boot/ignition


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Source: GitHub Advisory Database
Origin: Unspecified
Severity: Moderate
Classification: General
Published: over 2 years ago
Updated: about 1 year ago

CVSS Score: 5.5
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Identifiers: GHSA-862g-9h5m-m3qv, CVE-2021-3917
References: Repository:
Blast Radius: 0.0

Affected Packages

Dependent packages: 0
Dependent repositories: 1
Downloads: 18,619 total
Affected Version Ranges: < 0.10.0
Fixed in: 0.10.0
All affected versions: 0.1.0, 0.1.1, 0.1.2, 0.1.3, 0.2.0, 0.2.1, 0.3.0, 0.4.0, 0.5.0, 0.6.0, 0.7.0, 0.7.1, 0.7.2, 0.8.0, 0.9.0, 0.9.1
All unaffected versions: 0.10.0, 0.10.1, 0.11.0, 0.12.0, 0.13.0, 0.13.1, 0.14.0, 0.15.0, 0.16.0, 0.16.1, 0.17.0, 0.18.0, 0.19.0, 0.20.0, 0.21.0