Salt Security Outlines Elastic Stack Implementation Vulnerability

Salt Security, an API-security services provider, has announced the results of a new study performed by Salt Labs, the company’s threat detection and education Branch. This research outlines API vulnerabilities that stem from what the company calls a “misimplementation of Elastic Stack.”

Elastic Stack, a collection of open-source products maintained by Elastic, aids developers in building data aggregation and search functionality. Salt Security discovered vulnerabilities within the common implementation of these technologies that could have allowed bad actors to perform injection attacks and launch denial of service (DoS) events.

The research announcement published by Salt Security outlined the impact of these issues:

“Our latest API security research underscores how prevalent and potentially dangerous API vulnerabilities are. Elastic Stack is widely used and secure, but Salt Labs observed the same architectural design mistakes in almost every environment that uses it,” said Roey Eliyahu, co-founder and CEO, Salt Security. “The Elastic Stack API vulnerability can lead to the exposure of sensitive data that can be used to perpetuate serious fraud and abuse, creating substantial business risk.”

It is important to note that the vulnerability lies within the implementation of these services, not within the services themselves. It is, however, logical to extend some responsibility for the implementation of services to the company providing the services. After all, Elastic certainly performs analysis of stack implementations when providing support and when developing new products. 

To look through the company’s research and discover the common issues plaguing Elastic Stack implementations, make sure to check out the full report