Ansible Security Updates

Number: AV17-005
Date: 11 January 2017

Purpose

The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to the recently released security updates for Ansible.

Assessment

Security updates were released for Ansible to address a vulnerability (high). Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a malicious attacker to execute commands on a host's associated Ansible controller. This ability could be leveraged to compromise other hosts managed by an exploited Ansible controller.

Ansible is an open-source IT infrastructure automation engine. It automates application deployment/management, configuration management and cloud provisioning.

Affected versions:
Ansible versions 2.1.x prior to 2.1.4 RC1
Ansible versions 2.2.x prior to 2.2.1 RC3

CVE Reference: CVE-2016-9587

Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that system administrators test and deploy the vendor-released updates to affected applications accordingly.

References

Ansible Security Advisory:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ansible-devel/SyrgcUySAIQ

Security Researcher – Computest Advisory:
https://www.computest.nl/advisories/CT-2017-0109_Ansible.txt

Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

Please note, CCIRC PGP key has recently been updated.
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cbr-scrt/_fl/CCIRCPublicPGPKey.txt

For general information, please contact Public Safety Canada's Public Affairs division at:

Telephone: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118
Fax: 613-998-9589
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