Defect #34029

403 Forbidden error when non-member try to upload a file

Added by Vincent Robert about 1 year ago. Updated 7 months ago.

Status:NewStart date:
Priority:NormalDue date:
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Category:Permissions and roles
Target version:5.0.0
Resolution: Affected version:4.1.1



Our users encountered an error in a specific case, when uploading files.

Here is a screenshot showing the 403-forbidden error after the upload:

Steps to reproduce

This error happens in a specific case when the user is not a member of the project.
Here are the steps to reproduce the issue:

  • The current user is NOT member of any project
  • The build-in role "non-member" has NO permission at all
  • In the project's members tab, a role is set for the member "non-member" and this role has permission to create and update issues


On the server side, here are the logs:

Started POST "/uploads.js?attachment_id=1&filename=image-test.jpg&content_type=image%2Fjpeg" for at 2020-09-24 10:30:51 +0200
Processing by AttachmentsController#upload as JS
  Parameters: {"attachment_id"=>"1", "filename"=>"image-test.jpg", "content_type"=>"image/jpeg"}
  Token Update All (12.1ms)  UPDATE "tokens" SET "updated_on" = '2020-09-24 10:30:51.312455' WHERE "tokens"."user_id" = $1 AND "tokens"."value" = $2 AND "tokens"."action" = $3  [["user_id", 14], ["value", "7d688080432d1c8ceafbd03811ad81dbf8193f1f"], ["action", "session"]]
   (0.6ms)  SELECT MAX("settings"."updated_on") FROM "settings" 
  User Load (0.5ms)  SELECT  "users".* FROM "users" WHERE "users"."type" IN ('User', 'AnonymousUser') AND "users"."status" = $1 AND "users"."id" = $2 LIMIT $3  [["status", 1], ["id", 14], ["LIMIT", 1]]
  Current user: visitor (id=14)
  Role Load (1.0ms)  SELECT DISTINCT "roles".* FROM "roles" INNER JOIN "member_roles" ON "member_roles"."role_id" = "roles"."id" INNER JOIN "members" ON "members"."id" = "member_roles"."member_id" INNER JOIN "projects" ON "projects"."id" = "members"."project_id" WHERE (projects.status <> 9) AND "members"."user_id" = 14
  Role Load (0.2ms)  SELECT  "roles".* FROM "roles" WHERE "roles"."builtin" = $1 LIMIT $2  [["builtin", 1], ["LIMIT", 1]]
Filter chain halted as :authorize_global rendered or redirected
Completed 403 Forbidden in 20ms (ActiveRecord: 14.4ms)


The bug has been confirmed on the latest Redmine version, with no plugin installed.

  Redmine version                4.1.1.stable
  Ruby version                   2.6.6-p146 (2020-03-31) [x86_64-darwin19]
  Rails version        
  Environment                    development
  Database adapter               PostgreSQL
  Mailer queue                   ActiveJob::QueueAdapters::AsyncAdapter
  Mailer delivery                smtp
  Subversion                     1.13.0
  Git                            2.24.1
Redmine plugins:
  no plugin installed

error.png (69.7 KB) Vincent Robert, 2020-09-24 10:35

patch.diff Magnifier (2.91 KB) Vincent Robert, 2020-09-24 15:06


#1 Updated by Vincent Robert about 1 year ago

  • File patch.diffMagnifier added
  • Target version set to 4.1.2

Please find attached a diff file which contains:

  • a system test to reproduce the error
  • a patch to fix it

Thank you for considering this patch.

  def test_create_issue_with_attachment_when_user_is_not_a_member

    # Set no permission to non-member role
    non_member_role = Role.where(:builtin => Role::BUILTIN_NON_MEMBER).first
    non_member_role.permissions = []

    # Set role "Reporter" to non-member users on project ecookbook
    membership = Member.find_or_create_by(user_id:, project_id: 1)
    membership.roles = [Role.find(3)] # Reporter

    log_user('someone', 'foo')

    issue = new_record(Issue) do
      visit '/projects/ecookbook/issues/new'
      fill_in 'Subject', :with => 'Issue with attachment'
      attach_file 'attachments[dummy][file]', Rails.root.join('test/fixtures/files/testfile.txt')
      fill_in 'attachments[1][description]', :with => 'Some description'
      click_on 'Create'
    assert_equal 1, issue.attachments.count
    assert_equal 'Some description', issue.attachments.first.description
       # authorize if user has at least one role that has this permission
-      roles = self.roles.to_a | [builtin_role]
+      roles = self.roles.to_a | [builtin_role] | Group.non_member.roles.to_a | Group.anonymous.roles.to_a
       roles.any? {|role|
         role.allowed_to?(action) && ...

#2 Updated by Marius BALTEANU 7 months ago

  • Target version changed from 4.1.2 to 4.2.0

Moving this to a major version (4.2.0) because the proposed patch moves a method from one class to another.

#3 Updated by Marius BALTEANU 7 months ago

  • Target version changed from 4.2.0 to 5.0.0

Need more time to review and fix.

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