Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting johnpbloch/wordpress-core package, versions >=0.0.0


Severity

Recommended
0.0
medium
0
10

CVSS assessment made by Snyk's Security Team

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS
    0.11% (46th percentile)

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  • Snyk ID SNYK-PHP-JOHNPBLOCHWORDPRESSCORE-3225115
  • published 5 Jan 2023
  • disclosed 5 Jan 2023
  • credit Unknown

How to fix?

There is no fixed version for johnpbloch/wordpress-core.

Overview

johnpbloch/wordpress-core is a web software you can use to create a website or blog.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) via the wp-cron.php functionality due to improper restriction of the amount for request handling. Exploiting this vulnerability is possible by generating many requests to the website.

Mitigation

update your wp-cronfig.ph file to include the following setting:

define('DISABLE_WP_CRON', true);

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

CVSS Scores

version 3.1
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Snyk

5.9 medium
  • Attack Vector (AV)
    Network
  • Attack Complexity (AC)
    High
  • Privileges Required (PR)
    None
  • User Interaction (UI)
    None
  • Scope (S)
    Unchanged
  • Confidentiality (C)
    None
  • Integrity (I)
    None
  • Availability (A)
    High
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NVD

5.3 medium