Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.activemq:activemq-core package, versions [0,5.6.0)

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  • published

    9 Jan 2014

  • disclosed

    22 Apr 2011

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How to fix?

Upgrade org.apache.activemq:activemq-core to version 5.6.0 or higher.


org.apache.activemq:activemq-core is a core package for ActiveMQ Message Broker and Client implementations.

Note: org.apache.activemq:activemq-core is no longer maintained and has been replaced with activemq-client and activemq-broker.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). (file-descriptor exhaustion and broker crash or hang) by sending many openwire failover:tcp:// connection requests.


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