Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting hermes-engine Open this link in a new tab package, versions <0.10.0


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-JS-HERMESENGINE-2342071

  • published

    16 Jan 2022

  • disclosed

    16 Jan 2022

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade hermes-engine to version 0.10.0 or higher.

Overview

hermes-engine is an A JavaScript engine optimized for running React Native on Android

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) by passing invalid JavaScript code where await and yield were called upon non-async and non-generator getter/setter functions. In this case, Hermes would invoke generator functions and error out on invalid await/yield positions. This could result in segmentation fault as a consequence of type confusion error, with a low chance of RCE.

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