CVE Vulnerabilities


Weak Password Recovery Mechanism for Forgotten Password

Published: May 25, 2017 | Modified: Aug 25, 2021
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

With Cloud Foundry Runtime cf-release versions v208 or earlier, UAA Standalone versions 2.2.5 or earlier and Pivotal Cloud Foundry Runtime 1.4.5 or earlier, old Password Reset Links are not expired after the user changes their current email address to a new one. This vulnerability is applicable only when using the UAA internal user store for authentication. Deployments enabled for integration via SAML or LDAP are not affected.


The product contains a mechanism for users to recover or change their passwords without knowing the original password, but the mechanism is weak.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Cf-release Cloudfoundry * 208 (including)
Cloud_foundry_elastic_runtime Pivotal_software * 1.4.5 (including)
Cloud_foundry_uaa Pivotal_software * 2.2.5 (including)

Extended Description

It is common for an application to have a mechanism that provides a means for a user to gain access to their account in the event they forget their password. Very often the password recovery mechanism is weak, which has the effect of making it more likely that it would be possible for a person other than the legitimate system user to gain access to that user’s account. Weak password recovery schemes completely undermine a strong password authentication scheme. This weakness may be that the security question is too easy to guess or find an answer to (e.g. because the question is too common, or the answers can be found using social media). Or there might be an implementation weakness in the password recovery mechanism code that may for instance trick the system into e-mailing the new password to an e-mail account other than that of the user. There might be no throttling done on the rate of password resets so that a legitimate user can be denied service by an attacker if an attacker tries to recover their password in a rapid succession. The system may send the original password to the user rather than generating a new temporary password. In summary, password recovery functionality, if not carefully designed and implemented can often become the system’s weakest link that can be misused in a way that would allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to the system.

Potential Mitigations