CollabNet Subversion Edge missing brute force protection Jun 28 2015 06:46PM
Oliver-Tobias Ripka (otr bockcay de)
# Vuln Title: The CollabNet Subversion Edge does not protect against brute
# forcing accounts
# Date: 28.06.2015
# Author: otr
# Software Link: https://www.open.collab.net/downloads/svnedge
# Vendor: CollabNet
# Version: 4.0.11
# Tested on: Fedora Linux
# Type: Lack of defensive measures
# Risk: Medium
# Status: public/fixed
# Fixed versions: 5.0


2014-10-09 Flaw Discovered
2014-10-20 Vendor contacted
2014-10-21 Vendor response
2014-12-08 Vendor fix proposal
2014-12-08 Extension of embargo to 19.4.2015
2015-05-04 Extension of embargo until release of version 5.0
2015-05-18 Release of version 5.0 and public disclosure


The CollabNet Subversion Edge Management Frontend does not protect against brute
forcing accounts. An attacker has infinite tries to guess a valid user password.

Fix proposal:

Implement user specific time penalities or lock outs after a certain amount of
failed logins and provide configuration options for that feature.

Vendor fix:

Invalid logins now cause an exponential increase in response time. The rate of
increase and maximum is configurable with the default settings of 1 minute wait
time after 15 invalid logins in 5 minutes.

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