Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.tika:tika-parsers package, versions [1.19,1.22)

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  • published

    4 Aug 2019

  • disclosed

    2 Aug 2019

  • credit

    Tim Allison

How to fix?

Upgrade org.apache.tika:tika-parsers to version 1.22 or higher.


org.apache.tika:tika-parsers is a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) due a carefully crafted 2003ml or 2006ml file being able to consume all available SAXParsers in the pool and lead to very long hangs.


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