May 10, 2023 - Nick Malcolm  

GitLab Coordinated Security Release: 15.11.3, 15.10.7, 15.9.8

Learn more about GitLab Security Release: 15.11.3, 15.10.7, 15.9.8 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE).

Today we are releasing versions 15.11.3, 15.10.7, 15.9.8 for GitLab Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE). This is a coordinated security release, aligning with a disclosure date provided by Git.

These versions contain important security fixes, and we strongly recommend that all GitLab installations be upgraded to one of these versions immediately. is already running the patched version.

GitLab releases patches for vulnerabilities in dedicated security releases. There are three types of security releases: a monthly, scheduled security release, released a week after the feature release (which deploys on the 22nd of each month), ad-hoc security releases for critical vulnerabilities, as well as coordinated security releases. For more information, you can visit our security FAQ. You can see all of our regular and security release blog posts here. In addition, the issues detailing each vulnerability are made public on our issue tracker 30 days after the release in which they were patched.

We are dedicated to ensuring all aspects of GitLab that are exposed to customers or that host customer data are held to the highest security standards. As part of maintaining good security hygiene, it is highly recommended that all customers upgrade to the latest security release for their supported version. You can read more best practices in securing your GitLab instance in our blog post.

We strongly recommend that all installations running a version affected by the issues described below are upgraded to the latest version as soon as possible.

When no specific deployment type (omnibus, source code, helm chart, etc.) of a product is mentioned, this means all types are affected.

Table of Fixes

Title Severity
Smuggling code changes via merge requests with refs/replace Medium

Smuggling code changes via merge requests with refs/replace

An issue has been discovered in GitLab affecting all versions before 15.9.8, 15.10.0 before 15.10.7, and 15.11.0 before 15.11.3. A malicious developer could use a git feature called refs/replace to smuggle content into a merge request which would not be visible during review in the UI. This is a medium severity issue (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:H/A:N, 6.3 Medium). It is now mitigated in the latest release and is assigned CVE-2023-2181.

Thanks inspector-ambitious for reporting this vulnerability through our HackerOne bug bounty program.

Non-security patches

This security release also includes the following non-security patches.

Into 15.11.3:

Into 15.10.7:

Into 15.9.8:


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