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Security Advisories: GSA_kwCzR0hTQS1jZjJqLXZmMzYtYzZ3OM0WxA

Communities and collections administrators can escalate their privilege up to system administrator


Any community or collection administrator can escalate their permission up to become system administrator.

This vulnerability only existed in 7.0 and does not impact 6.x or below.


Fix is included in 7.1. Please upgrade to 7.1 at your earliest convenience.


In 7.0, temporarily disable the ability for community or collection administrators to manage permissions or workflows settings, i.e. set the following properties in your local.cfg / dspace.cfg file

core.authorization.collection-admin.policies = false = false = false

Once upgraded to 7.1, these settings can be safely reverted to the default values of true.


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

CVSS Score: 7.2
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Identifiers: GHSA-cf2j-vf36-c6w8, CVE-2021-41189
References: Repository:
Blast Radius: 18.0

Affected Packages

Dependent packages: 45
Dependent repositories: 319
Affected Version Ranges: >= 7.0, < 7.1
Fixed in: 7.1
All affected versions:
All unaffected versions: 1.5.0, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.6.0, 1.6.1, 1.6.2, 1.7.0, 1.7.1, 1.7.2, 1.7.3, 1.8.0, 1.8.1, 1.8.2, 1.8.3, 7.1.1, 7.2.1, 7.6.1