• Security advisory YSA-2020-01

    Security advisory YSA-2020-01 – insufficient data validation in yubikey-val

    Published date: 2020-03-03
    Tracking ID: YSA-2020-01
    CVE: CVE-2020-10184CVE-2020-10185

    Update: March 13, 2020

    On March 12, Yubico received a reported SQL injection vulnerability related to the YubiKey Validation Server security update issued on March 6, 2020. Our team re-reviewed the updated codebase and believes there are no known unmitigated SQL injection vulnerabilities associated with the security update. 

    When issuing the security update on March 6, based on several deployments and customer interactions, we implemented a minimally invasive security update to mitigate compatibility regressions. This approach was to deliver a quickly deployable fix, instead of rewriting large portions of the current YubiKey Validation Server project. 

    We are still focused on delivering a modern open-source project to replace the current project with expected availability in July 2020.


    Yubico received a report from LinkedIn Information Security indicating there is insufficient data validation in the open-source project for YubiKey Validation Server (git: yubikey-val). Yubico verified the issue and has made a security update available to mitigate this issue and enhance the validation of information sent to the APIs. The next major release of the YubiKey Validation Server will become available by July 2020. 

    This issue potentially affects developers, partners, and customers who have used a YubiKey Validation Server to build a self-hosted one-time password (OTP) validation service. The default configuration of the service only exposes the verify API, which could allow an attacker to perform a denial of service, potentially preventing legitimate authentications. Additionally, if the configuration has been modified to expose the sync API, then this vulnerability could potentially be used by an attacker to replay a previously used OTP.

    Affected Software

    YubiKey Validation Server releases 2.39 and prior: available from https://github.com/Yubico/yubikey-val

    Affected Yubico devices and services

    None. This advisory only pertains to the YubiKey Validation Server project. It does not affect any  YubiKey Series, Security Key Series, YubiKey firmware, or YubiCloud Service.

    Customer Actions

    If you are managing an implementation of a YubiKey Validation Server, update your deployment to version 2.40 of YubiKey Validation Server (available https://github.com/Yubico/yubikey-val) to mitigate this issue. Also confirm that the configuration of your service does not unnecessarily expose API endpoints.

    How to check your sync API configuration

    1. Go to your configuration script (ykval-config.php)
    2. Look for the following lines:
     $baseParams[‘__YKVAL_ALLOWED_SYNC_POOL__’] = array(
    // “”,
    // “”,
    // “”,
    // “fc00:aaaa::”,
    // “fc00:bbbb::”,
    // “fc00:cccc::”,
    1. If there are uncommented IP addresses listed in this array, then these hosts are allowed to use your sync API, and interact with the affected code. These IP addresses should be limited to nodes participating in the sync pool.
    2. If there are no uncommented IP addresses listed in this array, then no hosts are allowed to use the sync API. 

    Technical details

    There are four API endpoints that can be exposed: verify, sync, resync, and revoke. By default, the verify endpoint is the only API exposed without an IP whitelist. YubiKey Validation Server does not have sufficient input validation implemented in the verify and sync APIs. Insufficient input validation could allow an attacker to perform SQL injection attacks. The level of impact of the SQL injection varies depending on the configuration of the YubiKey Validation Server instance. Verify performs basic validation on all fields prior to executing database queries but does not check length. An attacker could abuse this issue by submitting a large entry to be input into the database, which could cause a denial of service. 

    Sync does not perform consistent validation on received parameters prior to executing database queries. However, only sources that are defined in the __YKVAL_ALLOWED_SYNC_POOL__ are allowed to call the sync API, which limits the exposure of this issue. The default configuration does not define any allowed sources for the sync API, meaning all attempts to call the sync API will be denied. YubiKey Validation Server implementers may add IP addresses to the sync pool to enable syncing between multiple validation servers. An attacker with an allowed IP address could potentially use this vulnerability to replay an OTP.

    Frequently asked questions

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    Is YubiCloud affected?

    No, YubiCloud is not affected.