Technical Advisory – Authorization Bypass Allows for Pinboard Corruption

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Advisory Name: ThoughtSpot - Authorization Bypass Allows for Pinboard Corruption
 Release Date: 2019-06-10
  Application: ThoughtSpot
     Versions: 5.x before 5.1.2
               4.4.1.x onwards
     Severity: Medium
       Author: Will Enright 
Vendor Status: Update Released [2]
CVE Candidate: CVE-2019-12782


Product Description
From ThoughtSpot's website [1]: "ThoughtSpot is a search & AI-driven analytics
platform for the enterprise. Anyone can use search to analyze company data in
seconds and get automated insights when you need them."

Vulnerability Overview
In February 2019, VSR identified an authorization bypass vulnerability in
ThoughtSpot which allows any low-privilege user with write access to at least
one pinboard to corrupt arbitrary unauthorized pinboards belonging to any other
user. The vulnerability originates from a failure to verify user-supplied GUIDs
to ensure the requesting user is properly authorized to modify the associated
pinboard. This exploit requires a valid low-privilege user session to submit the
vulnerable request.

Vulnerability Details
The ThoughtSpot application allows users to generate, visualize, and organize
analytics reports on company data. One method for viewing data is to organize
reports on pinboards to be shared with specific authorized users or groups.
However, the application fails to enforce authorization on pinboard update
requests, allowing a user to modify the ID of pinboards belonging to other users
without authorization. It does not appear possible for an attacker to gain
access to or modify a pinboard's contents in place. However, it is possible for
a low-privilege user to corrupt the original pinboard by spoofing GUIDs in
normal pinboard update requests. This prevents the original owner from accessing
the board and removes it from their view. An attacker could effectively corrupt
/ remove all pinboards from the application deployment, regardless of owner. 

An attacker would need access to a valid low-privilege user session with write
access to at least one pinboard in order to submit the vulnerable request and
target user pinboards. Therefore, administrators could review application logs
to identify malicious users. An attacker would also need to know the GUID
associated with any targeted pinboards. These GUIDs are revealed within API
responses during normal application use. Starting in version 5.1, the
application includes an optional setting which prevents GUIDs from being leaked
in responses to unauthorized requests.

Versions Affected
The issue was originally discovered in version, but exists starting in
version 4.4.1. The issue was fixed with the release of version 5.1.2.

Vendor Response
The following timeline details ThoughtSpot's response to the reported issue:

2019-02-28    ThoughtSpot contacted and initial vulnerability details provided.
              Internal triage started.

2019-03-05    ThoughtSpot confirmed vulnerability details and outlined 
              remediation timeline.

2019-05-01    ThoughtSpot confirmed release of version 5.1.2 [2], fixing the

2019-05-13    VSR provided ThoughtSpot with security advisory draft.

2019-06-10    VSR advisory released.

Upgrade all client installs to the latest version of the ThoughtSpot software as
soon as possible.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Information
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the number CVE-2019-12782 to this issue.  This is a candidates for
inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes
names for security problems.

Thanks to the ThoughtSpot team for a prompt response, confirmation, and patch.






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