Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.cxf:cxf-core Open this link in a new tab package, versions [,3.1.14) [3.2.0,3.2.1)
Do your applications use this vulnerable package?
20 Nov 2017
14 Nov 2017
How to fix?
org.apache.cxf:cxf-core to version 3.1.14, 3.2.1 or higher.
org.apache.cxf:cxf-core is an an open source services framework. CXF helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS and JAX-RS.
Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). Apache CXF supports sending and receiving attachments via either the JAX-WS or JAX-RS specifications. It is possible to craft a message attachment header that could lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack on a CXF web service provider. Both JAX-WS and JAX-RS services are vulnerable to this attack. From Apache CXF 3.2.1 and 3.1.14, message attachment headers that are greater than 300 characters will be rejected by default. This value is configurable via the property attachment-max-header-size.
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