Atlassian Confluence 6.1.1 Access Restriction Bypass

Atlassian Confluence versions 4.3.0 through 6.1.1 suffers from an access restriction bypass vulnerability.

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20170613-0 >
title: Access Restriction Bypass
product: Atlassian Confluence
vulnerable version: 4.3.0 - 6.1.1
fixed version: 6.2.1
CVE number: -
impact: Medium
found: 2017-03-27
by: Mathias Frank (Office Vienna)
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

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Vendor description:
"In 2002, our founders, Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, set
conventional wisdom on its ear by launching a successful enterprise
software company with no sales force. From Australia. Our first product, JIRA,
proved that if you make a great piece of software, price it right, and make
it available to anyone to download from the internet, teams will come. And
they'll build great things with it. And they'll tell two friends, and so on,
and so on.
Today a lot has changed. We're over 1,700 Atlassians (and growing), in six
locations, with products to help all types of teams realize their visions and
get stuff done. But the fundamentals remain the same. We're for teams because
we believe that great teams can do amazing things. We're not afraid to do
things differently. And we're driven by an inspiring set of values that shape
our culture and our products for the better."


Business recommendation:
SEC Consult recommends to upgrade to the latest version available which fixes
the identified issue.

Vulnerability overview/description:
1) Access Restriction Bypass
The "watch" functionality provides a user the option to subscribe to specific
content. Furthermore, the user gets a notification for any new comment made to the
previously subscribed content.

A user can manually subscribe to pages which he is not able to view and he then
receives any further comment made on the restricted page.

Proof of concept:
1) Access Restriction Bypass
Prerequisite as admin user just for a proof of concept demo page:
* Create a Space "Demo Space" visible for every user and group
* Create a Page "Demo Page" (example pageID: 1048582) and restrict the
"Viewing and editing restriction" to only the administrator group/user with
the "/pages/getcontentpermissions.action" function.

Send the following request as user:
POST /users/addpagenotificationajax.action HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost:8090
Referer: http://localhost:8090/display/ds/Welcome+to+Confluence
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8
X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest


Then the user is subscribed to the "Demo Page" and receives a notification and is
able to receive any further comments made on the subscribed page.

Vulnerable / tested versions:
The following version has been tested by SEC Consult
Atlassian Confluence version 5.9.14 and 6.1.1

Atlassian believes that versions beginning from 4.3.0 before 6.2.1 are affected.

Vendor contact timeline:
2017-04-03: Contacting vendor through [email protected]
2017-04-05: Vendor confirmed the vulnerability and issued the references
CONFSERVER-52241 (Confluence Server) and CONFCLOUD-54634 (Confluence
2017-04-13: Vendor fixed the issue CONFCLOUD-54634.
2017-05-11: Asked for planned timeline and release of an fix for CONFSERVER-52241.
2017-05-29: Vendor released a fix for CONFSERVER-52241 with version 6.2.1.
2017-06-08: Vendor prepares a sanitised copy of CONFSERVER-52241 for release along
with the advisory -
2017-06-13: Public release of advisory.

Upgrade to version 6.2.1 available at:
The effectiveness of the fix was verified by the SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab.

Disable workbox notifications as per the instructions found at

Advisory URL:


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