Denial of Service (DoS) Affecting zipruby package, versions >0.0.0



    Attack Complexity Low

    Threat Intelligence

    EPSS 6.9% (93rd percentile)
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7.3 high
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Red Hat
5.3 medium

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  • published 7 Dec 2017
  • disclosed 12 Jul 2012
  • credit Michael Grosser

How to fix?

There is no fix version for zipruby.


zipruby is Ruby bindings for libzip.

Affected versions of the package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS). Heap-based buffer overflow in the zip_readcdir function in zip_open.c in libzip 0.10 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via a zip archive with the number of directories set to 0, related to an "incorrect loop construct."


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