Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting nova package, versions [0,]


0.0
medium
  • Attack Complexity

    Low

  • Availability

    High

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  • snyk-id

    SNYK-PYTHON-NOVA-2968105

  • published

    3 Aug 2022

  • disclosed

    3 Aug 2022

  • credit

    Balazs Gibizer

How to fix?

A fix was pushed into the master branch but not yet published.

Overview

nova is an OpenStack Nova provides a cloud computing fabric controller, supporting a wide variety of compute technologies, including: libvirt (KVM, Xen, LXC and more), Hyper-V, VMware, XenServer, OpenStack Ironic and PowerVM.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) by creating a neutron port with the direct vnic_type, then creating an instance bound to that port, and then changing the vnic_type of the bound port to macvtap. Note: Only Nova deployments configured with SR-IOV are 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