Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.eclipse.jetty:jetty-server Open this link in a new tab package, versions [9.4.6.v20170531 ,9.4.37.v20210219) [10.0.0, 10.0.1) [11.0.0, 11.0.1)


0.0
medium
  • Exploit Maturity

    Proof of concept

  • Attack Complexity

    Low

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-JAVA-ORGECLIPSEJETTY-1080611

  • published

    28 Feb 2021

  • disclosed

    28 Feb 2021

  • credit

    Tero Rontti

How to fix?

Upgrade org.eclipse.jetty:jetty-server to version 9.4.37.v20210219, 10.0.1, 11.0.1 or higher.

Overview

org.eclipse.jetty:jetty-server is a lightweight highly scalable java based web server and servlet engine.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). When Jetty handles a request containing multiple Accept headers with a large number of “quality” (i.e. q) parameters, the server may enter a denial of service (DoS) state due to high CPU usage processing those quality values, resulting in minutes of CPU time exhausted processing those quality values.

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