Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting package, versions <6.5.4

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  • snyk-id


  • published

    11 Jun 2018

  • disclosed

    8 Dec 2017

  • credit

    Teppei Fukuda

How to fix?

Upgrade to version 6.5.4 or higher.

Overview is an open source network packet analyzer that ships the data to Elasticsearch.

Affected versions of the package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the PostgreSQL protocol handler. If users are able to send arbitrary network traffic to a port that is monitored by packetbeat, an attacker could prevent Packetbeat from properly logging PostgreSQL traffic.


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