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Security Considerations

As a deployment tool, Argo CD needs to have production access which makes security a very important topic. The Argoproj team takes security very seriously and continuously working on improving it. Learn more about security related features in Security section.

Overview of past and current issues

The following table gives a general overview about past and present issues known to the ArgoCD project. See in the Known Issues section if there is a work-around available if you cannot update or if there is no fix yet.

Date CVE Title Risk Affected version(s) Fix version
2020-04-14 CVE-2020-5260 Possible Git credential leak Critical all v1.4.3,v1.5.2
2020-04-08 CVE-2020-11576 User Enumeration Medium v1.5.0 v1.5.1
2020-04-08 CVE-2020-8826 Session-fixation High all n/a
2020-04-08 CVE-2020-8827 Insufficient anti-automation/anti-brute force High all <= 1.5.3 v1.5.3
2020-04-08 CVE-2020-8828 Insecure default administrative password High all n/a
2020-04-08 CVE-2018-21034 Sensitive Information Disclosure Medium all <= v1.5.0 v1.5.0

Known Issues And Workarounds

A recent security audit (thanks a lot to Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai ) has revealed several limitations in Argo CD which could compromise security. Most of the issues are related to the built-in user management implementation.

CVE-2020-5260 - Possible Git credential leak

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
Critical Felix Wilhelm of Google Project Zero v1.4.3,v1.5.2 Yes

Details:

ArgoCD relies on Git for many of its operations. The Git project released a security advisory on 2020-04-14, describing a serious vulnerability in Git which can lead to credential leakage through credential helpers by feeding malicious URLs to the git clone operation.

We do not believe ArgoCD is affected by this vulnerability, because ArgoCD does neither make use of Git credential helpers nor does it use git clone for repository operations. However, we do not know whether our users might have configured Git credential helpers on their own and chose to release new images which contain the bug fix for Git.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

We strongly recommend to upgrade your ArgoCD installation to either v1.4.3 (if on v1.4 branch) or v1.5.2 (if on v1.5 branch)

When you are running v1.4.x, you can upgrade to v1.4.3 by simply changing the image tags for argocd-server, argocd-repo-server and argocd-controller to v1.4.3. The v1.4.3 release does not contain additional functional bug fixes.

Likewise, hen you are running v1.5.x, you can upgrade to v1.5.2 by simply changing the image tags for argocd-server, argocd-repo-server and argocd-controller to v1.5.2. The v1.5.2 release does not contain additional functional bug fixes.

CVE-2020-11576 - User Enumeration

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
Medium Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai v1.5.1 Yes

Details:

Argo version v1.5.0 was vulnerable to a user-enumeration vulnerability which allowed attackers to determine the usernames of valid (non-SSO) accounts within Argo.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

Upgrade to ArgoCD v1.5.1 or higher. As a workaround, disable local users and use only SSO authentication.

CVE-2020-8828 - Insecure default administrative password

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
High Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai n/a Yes

Details:

Argo CD uses the argocd-server pod name (ex: argocd-server-55594fbdb9-ptsf5) as the default admin password.

Kubernetes users able to list pods in the argo namespace are able to retrieve the default password.

Additionally, In most installations, the Pod name contains a random "trail" of characters. These characters are generated using a time-seeded PRNG and not a CSPRNG. An attacker could use this information in an attempt to deduce the state of the internal PRNG, aiding bruteforce attacks.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

The recommended mitigation as described in the user documentation is to use SSO integration. The default admin password should only be used for initial configuration and then disabled or at least changed to a more secure password.

CVE-2020-8827 - Insufficient anti-automation/anti-brute force

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
High Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai n/a Yes

Details:

ArgoCD before v1.5.3 does not enforce rate-limiting or other anti-automation mechanisms which would mitigate admin password brute force.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

Rate-limiting and anti-automation mechanisms for local user accounts have been introduced with ArgoCD v1.5.3.

As a workaround for mitigation if you cannot upgrade ArgoCD to v1.5.3 yet, we recommend to disable local users and use SSO instead.

CVE-2020-8826 - Session-fixation

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
High Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai n/a Yes

Details:

The authentication tokens generated for built-in users have no expiry.

These issues might be acceptable in the controlled isolated environment but not acceptable if Argo CD user interface is exposed to the Internet.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

The recommended mitigation is to change the password periodically to invalidate the authentication tokens.

CVE-2018-21034 - Sensitive Information Disclosure

Summary:

Risk Reported by Fix version Workaround
Medium Matt Hamilton of https://soluble.ai v1.5.0 No

Details:

In Argo versions prior to v1.5.0-rc1, it was possible for authenticated Argo users to submit API calls to retrieve secrets and other manifests which were stored within git.

Mitigation and/or workaround:

Upgrade to ArgoCD v1.5.0 or higher. No workaround available

Reporting Vulnerabilities

If you find a security related bug in ArgoCD, we kindly ask you for responsible disclosure and for giving us appropriate time to react, analyze and develop a fix to mitigate the found security vulnerability.

Please report security vulnerabilities by e-mailing: