Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting com.itextpdf:kernel package, versions [,7.1.7)



    Attack Complexity High
    Availability High

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  • published 9 Jan 2020
  • disclosed 11 Jun 2019
  • credit Unknown

Introduced: 11 Jun 2019

CVE NOT AVAILABLE CWE-189 Open this link in a new tab

How to fix?

Upgrade com.itextpdf:kernel to version 7.1.7 or higher.


com.itextpdf:kernel is a software developer toolkit that allows users to integrate PDF functionalities within their applications, processes or products.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) through decompression bombs from a passed pdf stream.


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