Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.cxf:cxf-bundle package, versions [2.6.0,2.6.14) [2.7.0,2.7.11) [3.0.0-milestone1,3.0.0-milestone2)



    Attack Complexity Low
    User Interaction Required

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS 0.61% (79th percentile)
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4.3 medium

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  • published 1 May 2014
  • disclosed 1 May 2014
  • credit Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade org.apache.cxf:cxf-bundle to version 2.6.14, 2.7.11, 3.0.0-milestone2 or higher.


org.apache.cxf:cxf-bundle is a services framework that helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). Allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via a large request with the Content-Type set to text/html to a SOAP endpoint, which triggers an error.


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