Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting package, versions >=1.15.0 <1.15.10 >=1.16.0 <1.16.6 >=1.17.0 <1.17.2



    Attack Complexity Low

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS 0.11% (44th percentile)
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6.5 medium
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Red Hat
4.3 medium

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  • published 31 Mar 2020
  • disclosed 24 Mar 2020
  • credit tallclair

How to fix?

Upgrade to version 1.15.10, 1.16.6, 1.17.2 or higher.

Overview is a package containing functions related to serving Kubelet's external interface.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the kubelet API, including the unauthenticated HTTP read-only API typically served on port 10255, and the authenticated HTTPS API typically served on port 10250.


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