CVE-2023-4X25X

This challenge covers the review of a CVE in a Java codebase and its patch

PRO
Tier
Easy
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14

Course


In this lab, you will be presented with a piece of vulnerable code and its corresponding patch. Your initial goal is to identify the security flaw in the code without referencing the patch. This exercise is designed to sharpen your ability to recognize common security vulnerabilities by examining the code alone. Once you have made your assessment, you can then look at the patch to see how the vulnerability was addressed.

The provided code is from `HttpUtils.java` within the DolphinScheduler project. The patch for CVE-2023-4x25x modifies the SSL handling to use a default hostname verifier instead of the `NoopHostnameVerifier`, which previously allowed any hostname, thus fixing a significant security issue. The patch also simplifies the SSL context initialization and strengthens the overall security posture of the application by ensuring proper hostname validation and using standard certificate validation mechanisms.

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