Malicious Package Affecting botbait package, versions *


0.0
high

Snyk CVSS

    Attack Complexity Low
    User Interaction Required
    Confidentiality High
    Integrity High
    Availability High

    Threat Intelligence

    Exploit Maturity Mature
    EPSS 0.08% (34th percentile)
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NVD
5.3 medium

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  • Snyk ID npm:botbait:20170917
  • published 17 Sep 2017
  • disclosed 8 Aug 2017
  • credit Jordan Wright

How to fix?

Avoid usage of this package altogether.

Overview

botbait is a malicious package that was used to collect download metrics beyond what npm provides, and sent them to google analytics or piwik. This can cause a privacy concern amongst users.

This is especially dangerous in production runtime environments, where environment variables tend to consist of keys, passwords, tokens and other secrets.

Example:

{
  "name": "npm_scripts_test_metrics",
  "scripts": {
    "preinstall": "curl 'http://google-analytics.com/collect?v=1&t=event&tid=....'",
    "postinstall": "curl 'http://google-analytics.com/collect?v=1&t=event&tid=....'"
  }
},
{
  "name": "subtitles-lib",
  "scripts": {
    "postinstall": "bash -c 'curl \"http://*****.piwikpro.com/piwik.php?idsite=3&rec=1&action_name=$HOSTNAME\"'"
  }
}

The list of packages and their scripts are:

npm_scripts_test_metrics
subtitles-lib
ikst
botbait
mktmpio
anarchy