This advisory is not describing a vulnerability in the Tauri code base itself but a commonly used misconfiguration which could lead to leaking of the private key and updater key password into bundled Tauri applications using the Vite frontend in a specific configuration.
The Tauri documentation used an insecure example configuration in the Vite guide to showcase how to use Tauri together with Vite.
Copying the following snippet
envPrefix: ['VITE_', 'TAURI_'], from this guide into the
vite.config.ts of a Tauri project possibly leads to bundling the
TAURI_KEY_PASSWORD into the Vite frontend code and therefore leaking this value to the debug built of a Tauri application.
The value is automatically bundled into debug builds but for production builds it is not embedded, as long as it is not directly referenced in the frontend code. Vite statically replaces these values in production builds. This reduces the amount of affected applications to a very small amount of affected applications.
To verify if you are affected you can search for the private key value or the
TAURI_PRIVATE_KEY variable inside the release build frontend assets (
grep -r "TAURI_PRIVATE_KEY" dist/
Using only the
envPrefix: ['VITE_'], or any other framework than Vite means you are not impacted by this advisory.
The documentation has been patched but as the root cause is not in Tauri itself the issue is not fixed by updating Tauri.
vite.config.ts configuration of the project needs to be adapted.
We recommend rotating your updater private key if you are affected by this (requires Tauri CLI >=1.5.5). After updating the envPrefix configuration, generate a new private key with
tauri signer generate, saving the new private key and updating the updater's
pubkey value on
tauri.conf.json with the new public key. To update your existing application, the next application build must be signed with the older private key in order to be accepted by the existing application.
envPrefix: ['VITE_'],should be used and the desired
TAURI variables manually added.
Respective these variables could be added
TAURI_DEBUG without leaking sensitive information.
We urge affected users to implement the workaround as the
1.x branch will not receive a general prevention fix as it would break systems.
The issue was originally disclosed in our discord here. The affected guide is https://tauri.app/v1/guides/getting-started/setup/vite/.
Update: We lowered the severity from high to low, as the likelihood of impact was found to only affect a very limited amount of applications.