Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting github.com/pires/go-proxyproto package, versions <0.5.0


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    High

  • Privileges Required

    High

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-GOLANG-GITHUBCOMPIRESGOPROXYPROTO-1081577

  • published

    7 Mar 2021

  • disclosed

    3 Mar 2021

  • credit

    Iestyn Elfick

How to fix?

Upgrade github.com/pires/go-proxyproto to version 0.5.0 or higher.

Overview

github.com/pires/go-proxyproto is a Go library implementation of the PROXY protocol, versions 1 and 2.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the parseVersion1() function.

The reader in this package is a default bufio.Reader wrapping a net.Conn. It will read from the connection until it finds a newline. Since no limits are implemented in the code, a deliberately malformed V1 header could be used to exhaust memory in a server process using this code - and create a DoS. This can be exploited by sending a stream starting with PROXY and continuing to send data (which does not contain a newline) until the target stops acknowledging.

The risk here is small, because only trusted sources should be allowed to send proxy protocol headers.

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