Poorly Configured Apache Airflow Instances Leak Credentials for Popular Services

Cybersecurity researchers on Monday discovered misconfigurations across older versions of Apache Airflow instances belonging to a number of high-profile companies across various sectors, resulting in the exposure of sensitive credentials for popular platforms and services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Binance, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), PayPal, Slack, and Stripe.

“These unsecured instances expose sensitive information of companies across the media, finance, manufacturing, information technology (IT), biotech, e-commerce, health, energy, cybersecurity, and transportation industries,” Intezer said in a report shared with The Hacker News.

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Originally launched in June 2015, Apache Airflow is an open-source workflow management platform that enables programmatic scheduling and monitoring of workflows on AWS, GCP, Microsoft Azure, and other third-party services. It’s also one of the most popular task orchestration tools, followed by Luigi, Kubeflow, and MLflow.

Some of the most common insecure coding practices uncovered by Intezer include the use of hard-coded database passwords in Python DAG code or variables, plaintext credentials in the “Extra” field of connections, and…

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