Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting golang.org/x/net/http2 Open this link in a new tab package, versions <0.0.0-20211209124913-491a49abca63


0.0
high
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-GOLANG-GOLANGORGXNETHTTP2-2313688

  • published

    9 Dec 2021

  • disclosed

    9 Dec 2021

  • credit

    unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade golang.org/x/net/http2 to version 0.0.0-20211209124913-491a49abca63 or higher.

Overview

golang.org/x/net/http2 is a work-in-progress HTTP/2 implementation for Go.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). The HTTP/2 server keeps a per-connection cache mapping header keys to their canonicalized form (e.g., foo-bar => Foo-Bar). An attacker could send many unique header keys causing unbounded memory growth.

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