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Security Advisories: GSA_kwCzR0hTQS0yM2NtLXg2ajctNmhxM80Vvw

matrix-js-sdk can be tricked into disclosing E2EE room keys to a participating homeserver

Impact

A logic error in the room key sharing functionality of matrix-js-sdk before 12.4.1 allows a malicious Matrix homeserver† participating in an encrypted room to steal room encryption keys from affected Matrix clients participating in that room. This allows the homeserver to decrypt end-to-end encrypted messages sent by affected clients.

† Or anyone with access to the account of the original recipient of an encrypted message.

Known clients affected (via their use of vulnerable versions of matrix-js-sdk):

Patch

This was fixed in https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-js-sdk/commit/894c24880da0e1cc81818f51c0db80e3c9fb2be9.

Workarounds

To prevent a homeserver from being able to steal the room keys, vulnerable clients can be taken offline or signed out. If signing out, care should be taken to either set up Secure Backup or export E2E room keys in order to preserve access to past messages.

Permalink: https://github.com/advisories/GHSA-23cm-x6j7-6hq3
JSON: https://advisories.ecosyste.ms/api/v1/advisories/GSA_kwCzR0hTQS0yM2NtLXg2ajctNmhxM80Vvw
Source: GitHub Advisory Database
Origin: Unspecified
Severity: Moderate
Classification: General
Published: over 2 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago


CVSS Score: 5.9
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Identifiers: GHSA-23cm-x6j7-6hq3, CVE-2021-40823
References: Repository: https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-js-sdk
Blast Radius: 17.8

Affected Packages

npm:matrix-js-sdk
Dependent packages: 94
Dependent repositories: 1,037
Downloads: 51,673 last month
Affected Version Ranges: < 12.4.1
Fixed in: 12.4.1
All affected versions: 0.0.1, 0.0.2, 0.0.3, 0.0.4, 0.1.0, 0.1.1, 0.2.0, 0.2.1, 0.2.2, 0.3.0, 0.4.0, 0.4.1, 0.4.2, 0.5.0, 0.5.1, 0.5.2, 0.5.3, 0.5.4, 0.5.5, 0.5.6, 0.6.0, 0.6.1, 0.6.2, 0.6.3, 0.6.4, 0.7.0, 0.7.1, 0.7.2, 0.7.3, 0.7.4, 0.7.5, 0.7.6, 0.7.7, 0.7.8, 0.7.9, 0.7.10, 0.7.11, 0.7.12, 0.7.13, 0.8.0, 0.8.1, 0.8.2, 0.8.3, 0.8.4, 0.8.5, 0.9.0, 0.9.1, 0.9.2, 0.10.0, 0.10.1, 0.10.2, 0.10.3, 0.10.4, 0.10.5, 0.10.6, 0.10.7, 0.10.8, 0.10.9, 0.11.0, 0.11.1, 0.12.0, 0.12.1, 0.13.0, 0.13.1, 0.14.0, 0.14.1, 0.14.2, 0.14.3, 1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.0.3, 1.0.4, 1.1.0, 1.2.0, 2.0.0, 2.0.1, 2.1.0, 2.1.1, 2.2.0, 2.3.0, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.4.0, 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.4.5, 2.4.6, 3.0.0, 4.0.0, 5.0.0, 5.0.1, 5.1.0, 5.1.1, 5.2.0, 6.0.0, 6.1.0, 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 7.0.0, 7.1.0, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.1.0, 8.2.0, 8.3.0, 8.4.0, 8.4.1, 8.5.0, 9.0.0, 9.0.1, 9.1.0, 9.2.0, 9.3.0, 9.4.0, 9.4.1, 9.5.0, 9.5.1, 9.6.0, 9.7.0, 9.8.0, 9.9.0, 9.10.0, 9.11.0, 10.0.0, 10.1.0, 11.0.0, 11.1.0, 11.2.0, 12.0.0, 12.0.1, 12.1.0, 12.2.0, 12.3.0, 12.3.1, 12.4.0
All unaffected versions: 12.4.1, 12.5.0, 13.0.0, 14.0.0, 14.0.1, 15.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.1.1, 15.2.0, 15.2.1, 15.3.0, 15.4.0, 15.5.0, 15.5.1, 15.5.2, 15.6.0, 16.0.0, 16.0.1, 17.0.0, 17.1.0, 17.2.0, 18.0.0, 18.1.0, 19.0.0, 19.1.0, 19.2.0, 19.3.0, 19.4.0, 19.5.0, 19.6.0, 19.7.0, 20.0.0, 20.0.1, 20.0.2, 20.1.0, 21.0.0, 21.0.1, 21.1.0, 21.2.0, 22.0.0, 23.0.0, 23.1.0, 23.1.1, 23.2.0, 23.3.0, 23.4.0, 23.5.0, 24.0.0, 24.1.0, 25.0.0, 25.1.0, 25.1.1, 26.0.0, 26.0.1, 26.1.0, 26.2.0, 27.0.0, 27.1.0, 27.2.0, 28.0.0, 28.1.0, 28.2.0, 29.0.0, 29.1.0, 30.0.0, 30.0.1, 30.1.0, 30.2.0, 30.3.0, 31.0.0, 31.1.0, 31.2.0, 31.3.0, 31.4.0, 31.5.0, 31.6.0, 31.6.1, 32.0.0