Security Hall of Fame

Here we maintain a list of security researchers and their findings, to recognize them for having responsibly disclosed security issues to us in the past.

If you think you've found a security issue relating to Matrix software or infrastructure, please see our Security Disclosure Policy on how to report it to us.

    2022-08-23 - Element iOS - Cyastis Volantis
    Discovered issue with PIN screen being bypassable by opening the application in landscape mode. Fixed in Element iOS 1.9.1.
    2022-05-12 - Element clients - Rex Kim (@rexouflage)
    Reported an RTLO injection issue allowing an attacker to construct a link appearing to lead to an URL while actually leading to another. Fixed in Element iOS 1.8.17 and Element Android 1.4.18. Mitigated in Element Desktop 1.11.1 by enabling link tooltips.
    2022-05-04 - matrix-appservice-irc / node-irc - Val Lorentz
    IRC command injection in the matrix-appservice-irc bridge when replying to a malicious message due to incomplete newline sanitization. Fixed in matrix-appservice-irc 0.33.2 and node-irc 1.2.1. Tracked as GHSA-37hr-348p-rmf4 and GHSA-52rh-5rpj-c3w6.
    2022-01-31 - Element Desktop - s1r1us and TheGrandPew
    Remotely triggerable host program execution with user interaction, caused by an outdated Electron dependency. Depending on the host environment, full RCE may be possible. Fixed in Element Desktop 1.9.7 and tracked as GHSA-mjrg-9f8r-h3m7 / CVE-2022-23597.
    2021-11-18 - libolm - Oliver Behnke
    Buffer overflow in olm_session_describe in libolm before version 3.2.8, remotely triggerable from matrix-js-sdk before 15.2.1. Fixed in libolm 3.2.8 and matrix-js-sdk 15.2.1. Assigned CVE-2021-44538.
    2021-09-23 - Matrix Static - Pascal "nephele" Abresch
    Reported that Matrix Static (used for view.matrix.org) was vulnerable to XSS via room names due to missing sanitization. Fixed in Matrix Static 0.3.1.
    JavaScript code execution when previewing user file attachments in Element iOS before 1.6.8 on iOS 12 and earlier. Fixed in Element iOS 1.6.8.
    2021-08-31 - status.matrix.org - Thomas Chauchefoin (SonarSource)
    Discovered status.matrix.org was running a version of Cachet vulnerable to an SQL injection. Since this host was used solely for running the status page, we fixed this by decommissioning it and switching to Atlassian's Statuspage service.
    2021-07-03 - Synapse - Aaron Raimist
    Discovered that an explicit assignment of power level 0 was misinterpreted as the default power level. Fixed in Synapse v1.40.0.
    Discovered that Element Android was disclosing the filename of end-to-end encrypted attachments to the homeserver. Fixed in Element Android 1.1.8.
    2021-03-01 - Dendrite - Graham Leach-Krouse
    Authentication bypass in SQLite deployments. Fixed in Dendrite v0.3.11.
    2021-02-16 - Matrix React SDK - Guilherme Keerok
    User content sandbox could be tricked into opening arbitrary documents (CVE-2021-21320). Fixed in matrix-react-sdk 3.15.0.
    2021-01-18 - Synapse - Michaël Scherer
    IP blacklist bypass via transitional IPv6 addresses on dual-stack networks (CVE-2021-21392). Fixed in Synapse 1.28.0.
    2021-01-07 - Element iOS - Andrea Spacca
    Element iOS crash via an invalid content payload. Fixed in Element iOS 1.1.4.
    2020-11-17 - Synapse - Michaël Scherer
    Denial of service attack via .well-known lookups (CVE-2021-21274). Fixed in Synapse 1.25.0.
    2020-11-17 - Synapse - Michaël Scherer
    IP blacklist bypass via redirects on some federation and push requests (CVE-2021-21273). Fixed in Synapse 1.25.0.
    2020-09-20 - Synapse - Denis Kasak
    HTML injection in login fallback endpoints could be used for a Cross-site-scripting attack (CVE-2020-26891). Fixed in Synapse 1.21.0.
    2020-09-09 - New Vector Infrastructure - Pritam Mukherjee
    Misconfigured X-Frame in New Vector internal infrastructure could lead to Clickjacking
    2020-08-14 - Element - awesome-michael - Awesome Technologies
    An issue where encrypted state events could break incoming call handling. Fixed in Element 1.7.5
    2020-07-29 - Element - 0x1a8510f2
    An issue where Element Android was leaking PII. Fixed in Element Android 1.0.5
    2020-07-20 - Element - SakiiR
    An issue where an unexpected language ID in a code block could cause Element to crash. Fixed in Element 1.7.3
    2020-07-14 - Synapse - Denis Kasak
    Invalid JSON could become part of the room state, acting as a denial of service vector (CVE-2020-26890). Fixed in Synapse 1.20.0. Disclosed 2020-11-23.
    2020-07-02 - Synapse - Quentin Gliech
    A clickjacking vulnerability in the single-sign-on flow in Synapse. Fixed in Synapse 1.15.2.
    2020-06-18 - Element - Sorunome
    An issue where replying to a specially formatted message would make it seem like the replier said something they did not. Fixed in Element 1.7.3
    2020-05-10 - Matrix React SDK - Quentin Gliech
    A CSRF attack leading to potential unauthorised access to accounts on servers using single-sign-on flows. Fixed as part of matrix-react-sdk#4685, released in Riot/Web 1.6.3.
    2020-05-03 - e2e spec - David Wong
    A vulnerability in the SAS verification protocol failing to bind the ephemeral public keys. Fixed in MSC2630, which lists the fixed client versions.
    2020-03-03 - Synapse - Rhys Davies
    An open redirect vulnerability affecting single sign-on flows. Fixed in Synapse 1.11.1
    2019-05-02 - sydent - Enguerran Gillier
    HTML injection in email invites. A malicious 3rd party invite could inject unescaped HTML into the email template. Fixed in Sydent 1.0.3
    2019-05-02 - synapse - Enguerran Gillier
    SSRF in the URL preview API, which did not blacklist access to 0.0.0.0/32 or ::/128 by default. Fixed in Synapse 0.99.3.1
    2019-05-02 - synapse - Enguerran Gillier
    Insecure pseudo-random number generator in synapse meant that an attacker might be able to predict random values. Fixed in Synapse 0.99.3.1
    2019-05-02 - sydent - Enguerran Gillier
    Insecure pseudo-random number generator in sydent meant that an attacker could predict authentication tokens. Fixed in Sydent 1.0.3
    2019-04-22 - Riot/Android - Julien Thomas - Protektoid Project
    Obsolete and buggy ContentProvider in Riot/Android meant that a malicious local app could compromise account data. Mitigated here.
    2019-04-20 - Sydent - fs0c131y
    Sydent sesssion ids were predictable, meaning it was possible to infer the total number of validations and also check if an address had been validated. Mitigated here.
    2019-04-18 - Sydent - fs0c131y
    An email validation exploit in Sydent. For more details see here and CVE-2019-11340.
    2019-04-09 - Infrastructure - Jaikey Sarraf
    Identified a unpatched RCE vulnerability in Matrix.org's public-facing Jenkins. It transpired the vulnerability had been exploited by an attacker.
    2018-12-06 - Synapse - Brian Hyde
    XSS exploit allowing a malicious SWF uploaded to Riot via Firefox to run arbitrary code in the domain of the content repository. Mitigated here.
    2018-02-19 - Matrix React SDK - rugk
    Origin check of ScalarMessaging postmessage API was insufficient. Mitigated here.

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