Blaze-Persistence 1.6.11 Release

Blaze-Persistence version 1.6.11 was just released

By Christian Beikov on 10 January 2024

We are happy to announce the eleventh bug fix release of the 1.6 series.

Hibernate ORM 6.4 compatibility

So far, the Hibernate ORM 6 integration was tested against Hibernate ORM 6.4.0.CR1. The integration was adapted due to a slight change in 6.4.0.Final, which unfortunately prevented the use of Blaze-Persistence with that version.

Spring Framework 6.1 compatibility

Spring Framework 6.1 apparently removed methods that were previously marked as deprecated, which our Spring Data integration unfortunately was still using. This was causing NoSuchMethodError to be thrown, but is now fixed.

Security fix for Spring Data integration

This release contains a fix for a security issue in the Spring Data integration which was recently reported by Nelson Neto. Since every version of Blaze-Persistence is affected, every user of the Spring Data integration is strongly advised to update immediately. The issue could potentially lead to a data leak. There is no known reproducer or attack yet, but know that this is a high severity issue.

In short, the problem is that Sort.Order is assumed to be safe, but it is usually untrusted user input, usually being parsed by the Spring Data WebMvc/WebFlux integration from a query parameter.

Any Spring Data repository method is affected that:

  • accepts a Sort parameter directly, or indirectly through Pageable/PageRequest or KeysetPageable/KeysetPageRequest

  • Returns an entity view type explicitly or through a dynamic projection

Calling such repository methods with untrusted Sort inputs allows for injection, which ultimately is SQL injection.

Regular Spring Data JPA repositories only allow sorting by attribute paths relative to the query root, which is ensured by construction i.e. Spring Data JPA tries to find attributes based on the entity metamodel.

Entity view based Spring Data repositories allow sorting by entity view attribute paths and additionally also allow to sort by entity attribute paths. Until Blaze-Persistence 1.6.11 entity attribute paths were not validated to be relative to the query root. In fact, any valid expression was accepted, which essentially leads to a SQL injection vulnerability.

If updating to the latest version of Blaze-Persistence is not possible for some reason, the security issue can be mitigated by validating the Sort e.g.

Pattern validCharsPattern = Pattern.compile("[\\w.]+");
for (Sort.Order order : sort) {
    if (!validCharsPattern.matcher(order.getProperty()).matches()) {
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Attempted SQL injection");

Various bug fixes

Take a look into the changelog for a full list of changes and improvements.

Enjoy the release and stay tuned for the next one!

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