Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.apache.tomcat:tomcat-coyote Open this link in a new tab package, versions [8.5.0, 8.5.40) [9.0.0.M1, 9.0.20)


0.0
high
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-JAVA-ORGAPACHETOMCAT-451044

  • published

    27 Jun 2019

  • disclosed

    21 Jun 2019

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade org.apache.tomcat:tomcat-coyote to version 8.5.40, 9.0.20 or higher.

Overview

org.apache.tomcat:tomcat-coyote is a Tomcat Connectors and HTTP parser.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) due to not sending WINDOW_UPDATE messages for the connection window, clients were able to cause server-side threads to block eventually leading to thread exhaustion and a DoS.

Note: This vulnerability is due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2019-0199.

Details

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