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Base64 Generic high entropy secret



The base64 generic high entropy detector aims at catching any high entropy strings being assigned to a sensitive variable in base64-encoded text. It is applying similar validation steps and specifications as the generic high entropy detector but adapts them to be applied in base64-encoded text.


About Base64-encoded text#

Base64 is a binary-to-text encoding scheme. It is mainly used to send binary data across channels that only reliably support text content. Base64 is also applied on text, for example in JSON Web Token or to obfuscate it.

Base64 is not an encryption algorithm, encoding and decoding do not rely on a secret key but Base64 is commonly used to encode to text the results of encryption algorithms. This detector will only look for generic secrets inside Base64 encoded-text representing unicode text.

Revoke the secret#

This detector catches generic secrets, hence GitGuardian cannot infer the concerned service. To properly revoke the secret :

  1. Understand what service is impacted. You may need to decode the whole Base64 text.
  2. Refer to the corresponding documentation to know how to revoke and rotate the secret.


Examples that WILL be caught

# base64(api_key = rca.pibsaorcibu234lbu43)- text: |    YXBpX2tleSA9IHJjYS5waWJzYW9yY2lidTIzNGxidTQz  apikey: HJjYS5waWJzYW9yY2lidTIzNGxidTQz
# base64({"api-key": "asnbtueaorueobu435nstau"})- text: |    eyJhcGkta2V5IjogImFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1In0K  apikey: mFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1
# base64(token: asnbtueaorueobu435nstau)- text: |    dG9rZW46IGFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1Cg==  apikey: GFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1
# base64(authorization = asnbtueaorueobu435nstau)- text: |    YXV0aG9yaXphdGlvbiA9IGFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1  apikey: GFzbmJ0dWVhb3J1ZW9idTQzNW5zdGF1

Examples that WILL NOT be caught

  • The high entropy string is too short :
# base64(api_key = hj65_klhz/trlu)- text: |    YXBpX2tleSA9IGhqNjVfa2xoei90cmx1
  • The entropy of the string is not high enough
# base64(secret = xob1xob1xob1xob1xob1xob1xob1)- text: |    c2VjcmV0ID0geG9iMXhvYjF4b2IxeG9iMXhvYjF4b2IxeG9iMQ==
  • The assigned variable is not considered sensitive
# base64(object_id = hj65_klhz/trlupok76)- text: |    b2JqZWN0X2lkID0gaGo2NV9rbGh6L3RybHVwb2s3Ng==

For more examples, see the examples of the generic high entropy detector encoded in Base64 [.

Details for Base64 Generic high entropy secret#

  • High Recall: False

  • Validity Check: False

  • Minimum Number of Matches: 1

  • Occurrences found for one million commits: 70

  • Prefixed: False

  • PreValidators:
    Here is a list of the validation steps the document must pass before being analyzed.

- type: FilenameBanlistPreValidator  banlist_extensions: []  banlist_filenames:    - hash    - list/k.txt$    - list/plex.txt$    - \.csproj$    - tg/mtproto\.json  check_binaries: false- type: ContentWhitelistPreValidator  patterns:    - "[a-z0-9+/]{28,10000}={0,2}"- type: Base64ContentWhitelistPreValidator  keywords:    - secret    - token    - apikey    - api-key    - api_key    - api.key    - credential    - auth