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[CVSS 9+] Update GitLab Now: Critical Security Alert


GitLab has released urgent security patches for a critical vulnerability that could lead to unauthorized access, modification of source code, and the execution of arbitrary code. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-5009, has a CVSS score of 9.6. It affects certain versions of GitLab Enterprise Edition.

It is strongly advised that GitLab users update their installations to the latest version promptly.


CVE-2023-5009 with a CVSS score of 9.6 has been identified as a bypass of a previous vulnerability (CVE-2023-3932). It enables an attacker to execute pipelines (automate steps in the software development life cycle) as an arbitrary user through scheduled security scan policies. This can lead to unauthorized access, modification of source code, and the execution of arbitrary code on the system.

Successful exploitation of the flaw could result in severe consequences, including the compromise of sensitive information and the ability to leverage the elevated permissions of the impersonated user.


GitLab provides the following recommendations:

It is highly recommended that GitLab users promptly update their installations to the latest versions, particularly versions 16.3.4 and 16.2.7. This proactive step is essential to mitigate the associated risks linked to this vulnerability.

Taking swift action is critical to fortify defenses against potential attacks and uphold the security of private repositories.

For comprehensive details, please consult the advisory issued by GitLab.



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