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Improper Privilege Management


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


Privilege escalation when enabling FQL/Audit logs allows users with JMX access to run arbitrary commands as the user running Apache Cassandra. This issue affects Apache Cassandra: versions 4.0-alpha1 through 4.0.9 and 4.1-alpha1 through 4.1.1. Workaround: The vulnerability requires nodetool/JMX access to be exploitable, disable access for any non-trusted users. MITIGATION Upgrade to a fixed version and leave the new FQL/Auditlog configuration property "allow_nodetool_archive_command" as false.

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CWE-269 - Improper Privilege Management

An effective privilege management infrastructure provides valid users with required access and privileges across heterogeneous technology environments. An application with a faulty privilege management infrastructure allows higher than authorized privileges or enables privilege escalation. This can lead to security incidents such as system infiltration, data breach, and complete system takeover.

Advisory Timeline

  • Published