Oct 11, 2016 - Rémy Coutable  

GitLab 8.12.5, 8.11.9, and 8.10.12 released

Learn more about GitLab Release 8.12.5, 8.11.9, and 8.10.12 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE)

Today we are releasing versions 8.12.5, 8.11.9, and 8.10.12 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE).

Version 8.12.5 contains two security fixes for GitLab, plus fixes for minor regressions. Versions 8.11.9 and 8.10.12 only contain the security fixes.

Please read on for more details.

  • CE/EE: Switch from request to env in ::API::Helpers. (!6615)
  • CE/EE: Update the mail_room gem to 0.8.1 to fix a race condition with the mailbox watching thread. (!6714)
  • CE/EE: Improve issue load time performance by avoiding ORDER BY in find_by call. (!6724)
  • CE/EE: Add a new gitlab:users:clear_all_authentication_tokens task. (!6745)
  • CE/EE: Don't send Private-Token (API authentication) headers to Sentry
  • CE/EE: Share projects via the API only with groups the authenticated user can access

  • Omnibus GitLab Update the storage directory helper to check permissions for symlink targets. (!1028)

Private tokens sent to Sentry

This vulnerability only affects GitLab instances that use Sentry exception tracking. This feature is off by default in GitLab.

As a GitLab administrator you have the option to integrate your GitLab instance with Sentry, an external exception tracking system. When this feature is enabled, you can see details of each error ('500 page') that occurs on your GitLab server. These details include HTTP headers of the request that experienced the exception. Prior to GitLab 8.12.5, when an exception occurred in the GitLab API (a URL starting with /api/v3/), GitLab would inadvertently send the Private-Token header used to authenticate with the GitLab API in the error report to Sentry. This meant that when you viewed a Sentry error report for an exception that occurred during a GitLab API request you could see the Private token of the user that performed the request. This also meant that if there is a data breach at your Sentry server, GitLab user private tokens may be exposed.

The holder of the private token for a GitLab user can impersonate that user in GitLab via the API. That includes writing comments, adding SSH keys, creating repositories. The holder of the private token of a GitLab administrator is able to do much more, for instance creating new user accounts. See #22537 for more information.


Even though private tokens are not sent to Sentry starting with GitLab 8.12.5, the tokens are valid forever as long as they are in the GitLab database.

That's why we strongly advise you to invalidate all your users' Private tokens with the following Rake task:

# omnibus-gitlab
sudo gitlab-rake gitlab:users:clear_all_authentication_tokens

# installation from source
bundle exec rake gitlab:users:clear_all_authentication_tokens RAILS_ENV=production

New tokens will automatically be issued once users sign-in.

As a less secure alternative (or as an additional precaution), you can also clear the exception history for your GitLab instance in Sentry.

Note: At any time, individual GitLab users can reset their private token on their Account page (/profile/account).

Information disclosure via the "Share project with group" API endpoint

The new implementation of the "Share project with group" API endpoint allowed projects to be shared with groups that the current user wasn't allowed to see, leaking the group name and the name of its owners. See #23004 for more information.

Upgrade barometer

This version has no migrations and should not require any downtime.

Please be aware that by default the Omnibus packages will stop, run migrations, and start again, no matter how “big” or “small” the upgrade is. This behavior can be changed by adding a /etc/gitlab/skip-auto-migrations file.


To update, check out our update page.

Enterprise Edition

Interested in GitLab Enterprise Edition? Check out the features exclusive to EE.

Access to GitLab Enterprise Edition is included with a subscription. No time to upgrade GitLab yourself? Subscribers receive upgrade and installation services.

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