Chef InSpec Users Beware: Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Patched

CVSScvssV3_1: 8.8

Chef InSpec is a popular open-source compliance, security and policy testing framework. According to a recent security advisory, versions of Chef InSpec prior to 4.56.58 and 5.22.29 are vulnerable to remote code execution.

Attackers could exploit this vulnerability by crafting a malicious InSpec profile that contains commands that get executed on the target system during the compliance check. Since InSpec profiles run with root privileges, this would allow an attacker to completely take over the system and install programs, modify data, or delete files without authorization.

The vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-42658 has been given a CVSS score of 8.8, making it a critical remote code execution bug. It is important that all Chef InSpec users immediately update to the latest versions that contain the security fix. Administrators should also review any existing InSpec profiles from untrusted sources and remove or block the ability to run profiles from unauthorized remote servers or domains.

By taking quick action to update Chef InSpec and carefully managing profile sources, organizations can help protect their critical infrastructure from this serious vulnerability. Staying on top of security updates is key to foiling attacks like this one and keeping systems secure.