Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.hyperledger.besu:plugin-api Open this link in a new tab package, versions [,1.5.1)


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-JAVA-ORGHYPERLEDGERBESU-1083994

  • published

    10 Mar 2021

  • disclosed

    10 Mar 2021

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade org.hyperledger.besu:plugin-api to version 1.5.1 or higher.

Overview

org.hyperledger.besu:plugin-api is a Core Plugins Libraries for Besu.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the HTTP JSON-RPC API service. If username and password authentication is enabled for the HTTP JSON-RPC API service, then prior to making any requests to an API endpoint the requestor must use the login endpoint to obtain a JSON web token (JWT) using their credentials. A single user can readily overload the login endpoint with invalid requests.

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