Upgrade pyLoad Now to Patch Severe CSRF Vulnerability

CVECVE-2024-22416
CVSScvssV3_1: 9.7
SourceCVE-2024-22416

PyLoad is a popular open source download manager that allows users to easily download files and manage downloads. However, a vulnerability was recently discovered that could allow unauthenticated attackers to make API calls and take actions on a user’s account without their knowledge or consent.

The vulnerability lies in the way pyLoad implements session cookies. Session cookies are used to maintain a user’s logged in session and authenticate API requests. However, pyLoad was not setting the “SameSite” attribute on its session cookie to “strict”. This means the cookie could be sent along with cross-site requests.

Attackers could exploit this by tricking a logged in user into visiting a malicious website. The site would then be able to make API requests to pyLoad using the user’s session cookie without their knowledge. This is known as a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack.

Some actions an attacker could take include deleting downloads, changing settings, or accessing a user’s download history – all without the user suspecting anything. Their pyLoad session would be compromised.

Luckily, the developers have addressed this issue in pyLoad version 0.5.0b3.dev78. All pyLoad users are strongly recommended to upgrade immediately to protect themselves against CSRF attacks. Always make sure to keep your download manager software up-to-date to stay ahead of vulnerabilities. Taking a few minutes to upgrade can help prevent the theft or manipulation of your download data.

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