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Microsoft Fixes Vulnerability in Jupyter Notebooks for Azure Cosmos DB

Updated on 2022-11-02: Microsoft Fixes Vulnerability in Jupyter Notebooks for Azure Cosmos DB

Microsoft has fixed an authentication bypass vulnerability in Jupyter Notebooks for Azure Cosmos DB. Microsoft says that the missing authentication checks issue was introduced in August. Researchers from Orca reported the flaw to Microsoft in early October; Microsoft fixed the issue two days later.

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  • While the flaw was specific to Jupyter Notebooks for Azure Cosmos DB (99.8% of Azure Cosmos DB users are not in this category), and exploiting the flaw required guessing the 128-bit random GUID of an active session, aka “forwardingID” – which had to be used within an hour, Microsoft still patched the flaw by adding increased authentication checks. Since this is a server-side fix, no user action is necessary. Exploiting the flaw allowed full access to the Notebook.

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Overview: CosMiss vulnerability

Microsoft rolled out fixes for an authentication bypass vulnerability in Jupyter Notebooks for Azure Cosmos DB, reported by Orca Security. The company calls the vulnerability CosMiss. Microsoft said no customers were impacted by this vulnerability, and no action is required from them to apply the patch. Read more:

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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