Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting github.com/pomerium/pomerium package, versions <0.15.1


0.0
high
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Scope

    Changed

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-GOLANG-GITHUBCOMPOMERIUMPOMERIUM-1584105

  • published

    11 Sep 2021

  • disclosed

    10 Sep 2021

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade github.com/pomerium/pomerium to version 0.15.1 or higher.

Overview

github.com/pomerium/pomerium is an identity-aware proxy that enables secure access to internal applications.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). Envoy, which Pomerium is based on, can abnormally terminate if an H/2 GOAWAY and SETTINGS frame are received in the same IO event. This can lead to denial of service in the presence of untrusted upstream servers.

If only trusted upstreams are configured, there is no substantial risk of this condition being triggered.

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

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