The kubectl cp command allows copying files between containers and the user machine. To copy files from a container, Kubernetes runs tar inside the container to create a tar archive, copies it over the network, and kubectl unpacks it on the user’s machine. If the tar binary in the container is malicious, it could run any code and output unexpected, malicious results. An attacker could use this to write files to any path on the user’s machine when kubectl cp is called, limited only by the system permissions of the local user. Kubernetes affected versions include versions prior to 1.13.9, versions prior to 1.14.5, versions prior to 1.15.2, and versions 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12.
Published 2019-08-29 01:15:11
Updated 2020-10-02 16:45:54
Source Kubernetes
View at NVD,   CVE.org
Vulnerability category: Directory traversal

Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2019-11249

0.19%
Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days EPSS Score History
~ 56 %
Percentile, the proportion of vulnerabilities that are scored at or less

CVSS scores for CVE-2019-11249

Base Score Base Severity CVSS Vector Exploitability Score Impact Score Score Source First Seen
5.8
MEDIUM AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:P
8.6
4.9
NIST
4.8
MEDIUM CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N
1.2
3.6
Kubernetes
6.5
MEDIUM CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N
2.8
3.6
NIST

CWE ids for CVE-2019-11249

  • The product uses external input to construct a pathname that is intended to identify a file or directory that is located underneath a restricted parent directory, but the product does not properly neutralize special elements within the pathname that can cause the pathname to resolve to a location that is outside of the restricted directory.
    Assigned by: nvd@nist.gov (Primary)
  • The product, when opening a file or directory, does not sufficiently account for when the file is a symbolic link that resolves to a target outside of the intended control sphere. This could allow an attacker to cause the product to operate on unauthorized files.
    Assigned by: jordan@liggitt.net (Secondary)

Products affected by CVE-2019-11249

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