Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.commons:commons-sanselan package, versions [0.97,]

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  • published

    7 May 2019

  • disclosed

    6 May 2019

  • credit

    Guido Vranken

How to fix?

0.97-incubator users should upgrade to commons-imaging-1.0-alpha1.


org.apache.commons:commons-sanselan is a java image library for reading and writing a variety of image formats.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). Certain input files could make the code to enter into an infinite loop when it was used to parse them, which could be used in a DoS attack. Note that Apache Sanselan (incubating) was renamed to Apache Commons Imaging.


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