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About page is showing versions without authentication


Hi Concern,


Jira 8 is showing Plugins and Jira version in about page even without authentication. which could lead to attack information gathering specially for all the plugins deployed

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If you're worried about a page showing specific versions of software, you are worrying about the wrong thing.  What difference does it make that an attacker knows you have (or not) a vulnerable version?

Imagine you have software with versions 82.1, 82.2 and 82.3.  82.2 has a security flaw.  An attacker has a look at your system.  If you announce the version, they know whether you are vulnerable or not.  If you do not announce it, they try the attack anyway.  For most attacks, trying an exploit is not much slower than reading the page to try to decide whether to bother. 

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