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Plaintext storage of sensitive data in Rancher API and objects


This issue affects Rancher versions from 2.5.0 up to and including 2.5.16, from 2.6.0 up to and including 2.6.9 and 2.7.0. It was discovered that the security advisory CVE-2021-36782 (GHSA-g7j7-h4q8-8w2f), previously released by Rancher, missed addressing some sensitive fields, secret tokens, encryption keys, and SSH keys that were still being stored in plaintext directly on Kubernetes objects like Clusters.

The exposed credentials are visible in Rancher to authenticated Cluster Owners, Cluster Members, Project Owners and Project Members of that cluster on the endpoints:

The remaining sensitive fields are now stripped from Clusters and other objects and moved to a Secret before the object is stored. The Secret is retrieved when the credential is needed. For objects that existed before this security fix, a one-time migration happens on startup.

The fields that have been addressed by this security fix are:



There is no direct mitigation besides updating Rancher to a patched version.


Patched versions include releases 2.5.17, 2.6.10, 2.7.1 and later versions.

After upgrading to a patched version, it is important to check for the ACISecretsMigrated and RKESecretsMigrated conditions on Clusters and ClusterTemplateRevisions to confirm when secrets have been fully migrated off of those objects, and the objects scoped within them.

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Source: GitHub Advisory Database
Origin: Unspecified
Severity: Critical
Classification: General
Published: 4 days ago
Updated: 4 days ago

CVSS Score: 9.9
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Identifiers: GHSA-cq4p-vp5q-4522, CVE-2022-43757

Affected Packages
Versions: >= 2.7.0, < 2.7.1, >= 2.6.0, < 2.6.10, >= 2.5.0, < 2.5.17
Fixed in: 2.7.1, 2.6.10, 2.5.17