Announcing Istio 1.3.6

Patch Release

This release contains fixes for the security vulnerability described in our December 10th, 2019 news post as well as bug fixes to improve robustness. This release note describes what's different between Istio 1.3.5 and Istio 1.3.6.

Security update

  • ISTIO-SECURITY-2019-007 A heap overflow and improper input validation have been discovered in Envoy.

CVE-2019-18801: Fix a vulnerability affecting Envoy's processing of large HTTP/2 request headers. A successful exploitation of this vulnerability could lead to a denial of service, escalation of privileges, or information disclosure. CVE-2019-18802: Fix a vulnerability resulting from whitespace after HTTP/1 header values which could allow an attacker to bypass Istio's policy checks, potentially resulting in information disclosure or escalation of privileges. CVE-2019-18838: Fix a vulnerability resulting from malformed HTTP request missing the “Host” header. An encoder filter that invokes Envoy's route manager APIs that access request's “Host” header will cause a NULL pointer to be dereferenced and result in abnormal termination of the Envoy process.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where a duplicate listener was generated for a proxy's IP address when using a headless TCP service. (Issue 17748)
  • Fixed an issue with the destination_service label in HTTP related metrics incorrectly falling back to request.host which can cause a metric cardinality explosion for ingress traffic. (Issue 18818)

Minor enhancements

  • Improved load-shedding options for Mixer. Added support for a requests-per-second threshold for load-shedding enforcement. This allows operators to turn off load-shedding for Mixer in low traffic scenarios.
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