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Security Threats in Databricks for File Upload

CAN
New Contributor

Dear community,

we are using the Azure Databricks service and wondering if uploading a file to the DBFS (or to a storage accessed directly from a notebook in Databricks) could be a potential security threat.

Imagine you upload some files with 'malicious code', macros etc. that could be executed and destroy our databricks setup in any kind. Is that possible/realistic?

Did not really find anything on this, so would be helpful if you guys could share your opinion.

Thank you!

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KrunalMedapara
New Contributor II

Uploading a file to the Databricks File System (DBFS) or accessing storage directly from a notebook in Azure Databricks could pose potential security risks if not managed properly. Here are some considerations:

  1. Sensitive Data Exposure: Uploading sensitive files containing confidential information without proper encryption or access controls could lead to data exposure.

  2. Unauthorized Access: If access controls are not configured correctly, unauthorized users may gain access to sensitive data uploaded to DBFS or stored in connected storage.

  3. Data Integrity: Uploading files with malicious content could compromise the integrity of the Databricks environment or the data stored within it.

  4. Compliance Concerns: Violating data protection regulations or internal compliance policies by mishandling sensitive data could result in legal or regulatory penalties.

To mitigate these risks:

  • Implement proper access controls and permissions to restrict who can upload files and who can access them.
  • Encrypt sensitive data before uploading it to DBFS or connected storage.
  • Regularly audit access logs and monitor for suspicious activities.
  • Educate users on best practices for handling data securely within Azure Databricks.

By proactively addressing security concerns, you can leverage Azure Databricks' powerful capabilities while safeguarding your data and infrastructure.

Krunal Medapara,

CTO

NewEvol

https://www.newevol.io/solutions/threat-hunting.php

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