Re: libpq compression

From: Konstantin Knizhnik <k(dot)knizhnik(at)postgrespro(dot)ru>
To: Andreas Karlsson <andreas(at)proxel(dot)se>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Andres Freund <andres(at)anarazel(dot)de>
Cc: PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: libpq compression
Date: 2019-02-13 08:23:32
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On 12.02.2019 17:05, Andreas Karlsson wrote:
> On 2/11/19 5:28 PM, Peter Eisentraut wrote:
>> One mitigation is to not write code like that, that is, don't put secret
>> parameters and user-supplied content into the same to-be-compressed
>> chunk, or at least don't let the end user run that code at will in a
>> tight loop.
>> The difference in CRIME is that the attacker supplied the code. You'd
>> trick the user to go to (via spam), and that site
>> automatically runs JavaScript code in the user's browser that contacts
>>, which will then automatically send along any secret
>> cookies the user had previously saved from  The evil
>> JavaScript code can then stuff the requests to with arbitrary
>> bytes and run the requests in a tight loop, only subject to rate
>> controls at
> Right, CRIME is worse since it cannot be mitigated by the application
> developer. But even so I do not think that my query is that odd. I do
> not think that it is obvious to most application developer that
> putting user supplied data close to sensitive data is potentially
> dangerous.
> Will this attack ever be useful in practice? No idea, but I think we
> should be aware of what risks we open our end users to.
> Andreas

Attached please find updated version of the patch with more comments 
and warning about possible vulnerabilities of using compression in

Konstantin Knizhnik
Postgres Professional:
The Russian Postgres Company

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libpq-compression-12.patch text/x-patch 43.3 KB

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