Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting package, versions <0.0.0-20220314234659-1baeb1ce4c0b



    Attack Complexity High
    Availability High
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Red Hat
7.5 high

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  • published 18 Mar 2022
  • disclosed 18 Mar 2022
  • credit Filippo Valsorda

How to fix?

Upgrade to version 0.0.0-20220314234659-1baeb1ce4c0b or higher.

Overview is a SSH client and server

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) when an attacker could cause a crash in the sever under the following conditions:

  1. The server has been configured by passing a Signer to ServerConfig.AddHostKey.

  2. The Signer passed to AddHostKey does not also implement AlgorithmSigner.

  3. The Signer passed to AddHostKey does return a key of type “ssh-rsa” from its PublicKey method.

Note: Servers that only use Signer implementations provided by the ssh package are unaffected


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