Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting org.webjars.npm:jointjs package, versions [0,)



    Exploit Maturity Proof of concept
    Attack Complexity High
    Availability High
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  • published 19 Jan 2021
  • disclosed 19 Jan 2021
  • credit Snyk Research

How to fix?

There is no fixed version for org.webjars.npm:jointjs.


org.webjars.npm:jointjs is a JavaScript diagramming library. It can be used to create either static diagrams or, and more importantly, fully interactive diagramming tools and application builders.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the unsetByPath function.


jointjs.util.unsetByPath({}, '__proto__/toString', '/');
console.log(({}).toString()); // TypeError: {}.toString is not a function


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