Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting hermes-engine Open this link in a new tab package, versions <0.7.0


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    High

  • Privileges Required

    High

  • Confidentiality

    High

  • Integrity

    High

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-JS-HERMESENGINE-629268

  • published

    10 Sep 2020

  • disclosed

    10 Sep 2020

  • credit

    Unknown

How to fix?

Upgrade hermes-engine to version 0.7.0 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). An Integer signedness error in the JavaScript Interpreter allows attackers to cause a denial of service attack or a potential RCE via crafted JavaScript. Note that this is only exploitable if the application using Hermes permits evaluation of untrusted JavaScript. Hence, most React Native applications are not affected.

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