CVE-2023-50378 Apache Ambari Stored Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability

Bar Refael

March 3, 2024

A stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability, identified as CVE-2023-50378, has been discovered in Apache Ambari, a tool used for managing Hadoop clusters. This flaw, categorized as “important” in severity, allows attackers to inject malicious code, leading to potential theft of sensitive data, session hijacking, and further network compromise.

Key Points:

  • Apache Ambari: A management tool for Hadoop clusters, providing a web interface and REST APIs for monitoring and maintenance.
  • Vulnerability Details: CVE-2023-50378 arises from Ambari’s failure to properly filter input data, enabling attackers to embed malicious JavaScript that executes when interacted with by legitimate users.
  • Impact: Exploitation of this vulnerability can lead to data breaches, unauthorized access, and spread of malware within Hadoop networks.
  • Resolution: Apache has released a patch in Ambari version 2.7.8 to address this vulnerability. Upgrading to this version is the immediate recommended action.


  • Security Risk: Hadoop clusters often contain critical data, making this vulnerability a significant security concern.
  • Need for Vigilance: This incident highlights the importance of input validation and regular software updates to prevent XSS and other security vulnerabilities.


  • Upgrade Ambari: Ensure that all Ambari installations are updated to version 2.7.8 or later.
  • Educate Developers: Promote secure coding practices to prevent similar vulnerabilities in web applications.
  • Implement WAFs: Consider deploying Web Application Firewalls to filter out malicious traffic and provide an additional layer of security.


The discovery of CVE-2023-50378 in Apache Ambari underscores the critical need for proper input validation and timely software updates in managing cybersecurity risks. Organizations using Ambari should prioritize upgrading to the patched version and reinforce their security posture against XSS and other web application vulnerabilities.

Stay Secure. Stay Informed.

OP Innovate Research Team.

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