Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting github.com/containers/image/docker Open this link in a new tab package, versions <5.2.0


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    High

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-GOLANG-GITHUBCOMCONTAINERSIMAGEDOCKER-1297169

  • published

    28 May 2021

  • disclosed

    28 May 2021

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade github.com/containers/image/docker to version 5.2.0 or higher.

Overview

github.com/containers/image/docker is a package used within containers/image to work with containers' images

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). A malicious container image can consume an unbounded amount of memory when being pulled to a container runtime host, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux using podman, or OpenShift Container Platform. An attacker can use this flaw to trick a user, with privileges to pull container images, into crashing the process responsible for pulling the image. This flaw affects containers-image versions before 5.2.0.

Details

Denial of Service (DoS) describes a family of attacks, all aimed at making a system inaccessible to its intended and legitimate users.

Unlike other vulnerabilities, DoS attacks usually do not aim at breaching security. Rather, they are focused on making websites and services unavailable to genuine users resulting in downtime.

One popular Denial of Service vulnerability is DDoS (a Distributed Denial of Service), an attack that attempts to clog network pipes to the system by generating a large volume of traffic from many machines.

When it comes to open source libraries, DoS vulnerabilities allow attackers to trigger such a crash or crippling of the service by using a flaw either in the application code or from the use of open source libraries.

Two common types of DoS vulnerabilities:

  • High CPU/Memory Consumption- An attacker sending crafted requests that could cause the system to take a disproportionate amount of time to process. For example, commons-fileupload:commons-fileupload.

  • Crash - An attacker sending crafted requests that could cause the system to crash. For Example, npm ws package