Buckfast 2 Release and Randorisec’s Pentest Report

Our good friends at Randorisec, joined by other pentesting professionals (see below), performed a fully fledged pentest of Buckfast 0 (TheHive 2.10.0) and Cortex 1.0.0 during 4 man-days spanning several weeks, starting from February 9, 2017 and ending on March 21, 2017.


They have identified several security issues detailed in their report which they privately shared with us prior to publication. As a result, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of Buckfast 2 (TheHive 2.10.2) which fixes the following vulnerabilities:

  • Stored XSS (ref. AP1 in the report) and Reflected XSS (AP2): malicious JavaScript code can be injected. It will be then executed on the victim’s browser. See issue #159 for more details.
  • Vertical privilege escalation (AP3): an authenticated simple user can have access to some admin menus. See issue #160 and issue #161.
  • CSRF (AP8): As no anti-CSRF tokens are used, TheHive is vulnerable to CSRF attacks. See issue #158.

Cortex 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 are also affected by AP2. A new Cortex version will be released very shortly to fix it.

Additionally, Buckfast 2 fixes the following bugs:

  • Issue #152: pagination does not work with 100 results per page.
  • Issue #169: error when importing some MISP events due to their unexpected JSON format. This has also been fixed in MISP v2.4.71.

We have also added the following features:

  • Issue #157: add persistence for task viewing options.
  • Issue #174: run all analyzers on multiple observables from the observables view.

Randorisec identified 4 more security issues rated low which aren’t fixed by this release:

  • Concurrent sessions allowed (AP4): we do not deem this a security vulnerability and hence we won’t fix it unless our user community request a patch.
  • No account lockout policy (AP5): if you use the local authentication system, it can be brute-forced. We are going to fix this in Mellifera 1 (TheHive 2.11.1) due at the end of May 2017. In the meantime, you can use LDAP, Active Directory or both and configure a password policy on those systems.
  • No password policy (AP6): as no password policy is enforced when using the local database for storing user credentials, users can set weak passwords (e.g.: containing only one character). We are going to fix this in Mellifera 1 (TheHive 2.11.1) due at the end of May 2017. In the meantime, you can use LDAP, Active Directory or both and configure a password policy on those systems.
  • Information leakage (AP7): information such as installed software versions (TheHive, ElasticSearch) is publicly available. TheHive should be not be publicly accessible and access should be filtered by a firewall or a similar device for authorized IP addresses only.

If you are running Buckfast 1 or a previous version, please follow the updating instructions to update to Buckfast 2. It is actually an extremely simple operation. If you are doing a fresh installation, we have you covered as well.

Should you encounter any difficulties, please do not hesitate to read the FAQ, ask questions on the user forum or on Gitter, or contact us directly at support@thehive-project.org.

Please note that Randorisec and the pentesting professionals that joined it for this pentest have no contract with TheHive Project and did not receive any compensation of any sort to perform this work. They worked on their free time as a way to contribute to the security of Free, Open Source Software projects. We’d like to wholeheartedly thank Davy Douhine, Randorisec’s CEO, ArtsSEC, Frédéric Cikala, Nicolas Mattiocco, Florent Montel and Mohamed Mrabah for their invaluable contribution.

Correction: April 21, 2017
An earlier version of this article mentioned Maximilano Soler among the professionals who joined Randorisec to perform a pentest on our products. At his request, we have removed his name and replaced it by ArtsSEC.

Buckfast 1 and Cortex All-in-one Package

When you use TheHive, running an analyzer on an observable through Cortex will generate a long report and, in most cases, a short report as well.

Let’s see how this works in practice through an example. Assume we are trying to assess whether the 636a4249104acaaf6d76d7409dc3cb2d MD5 hash is malicious or not:

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We start by clicking on it, which will open a new tab:Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 22.21.22.pngThis TLP:WHITE hash was imported from a MISP event published by our good friends at CIRCL.lu sometimes ago. As you can see from the screenshot above, no analyzer was executed on it.  Let’s check if it is known to VirusTotal (VT). To do so, we just need to click on the fire icon located at the right side of the VirusTotal_GetReport_2_0 row.

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A blink of an eye later, the job has finished successfully as we can tell from the green checkmark. Clicking on the date will let us see the long report, presented according to a report template that we freely provide with most analyzers to the exception of PassiveTotal (but in a few days, PT will also get its own nifty templates).Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 22.22.11.png

Since we are checking whether VT knows a hash or not, it will give us the results if any corresponding to the last time the associated file was scanned on the service. In our case, this dates back to Dec 2, 2016.

When the analyzer was executed, it also produced a short report which TheHive displays below the observable:Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 22.21.45.pngShort reports come in 4 colors. Red means danger (what else?). Orange means suspicious. Green means innocuous. And blue is informational. OK but what does this have to do with the title of this post?

A few days ago, while working on a new set of analyzers, Nils Kuhnert reported an issue in Buckfast 1 (2.10.1) pertaining to short reports on observables. When he ran some analyzers that should have produced short reports, he didn’t get any. When he reverted to Buckfast 0 (2.10.0), it worked. We tracked down the problem and found that our build process was the culprit. The all-in-one  binary package which was supposed to contain Buckfast 1 and Cortex was in fact a 2.10.0 TheHive snapshot that had a regression. We have uploaded a fresh all-in-one binary package with Buckfast 1 instead of the development snapshot.

If you have grabbed the binary all-in-one package, please download it again and update your instance. If you are using a docker version or built Buckfast 1 from sources, you are fine. To make sure you are running the right version, click on your username once you are logged in then on About TheHive. You should see the following information:Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 22.56.09.png

We are going to review our release process from the ground up to ascertain such errors never occur again. We expect it to be ready for Mellifera, our next major release of TheHive. Please note that starting from that release, we will no longer provide all-in-one binary and docker packages. Instead, we’ll have separate packages for TheHive and Cortex. TheHive4py and the upcoming Cortex4py will be made available through PIP.