Uninitialized Memory Exposure Affecting concat-stream Open this link in a new tab package, versions <1.3.2 >=1.4.0 <1.4.11 >=1.5.0 <1.5.2
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Introduced: 31 Aug 2016CWE-201 Open this link in a new tab
How to fix?
concat-stream to version 1.5.2 or higher.
Note This is vulnerable only for Node <=4
concat-stream is writable stream that concatenates strings or binary data and calls a callback with the result.
Affected versions of the package are vulnerable to Uninitialized Memory Exposure.
A possible memory disclosure vulnerability exists when a value of type
number is provided to the
stringConcat() method and results in concatenation of uninitialized memory to the stream collection.
This is a result of unobstructed use of the
Buffer constructor, whose insecure default constructor increases the odds of memory leakage.
Buffer class with integer
N creates a
Buffer of length
N with raw (not "zero-ed") memory.
In the following example, the first call would allocate 100 bytes of memory, while the second example will allocate the memory needed for the string "100":
// uninitialized Buffer of length 100 x = new Buffer(100); // initialized Buffer with value of '100' x = new Buffer('100');
stringConcat function uses the default
Buffer constructor as-is, making it easy to append uninitialized memory to an existing list. If the value of the buffer list is exposed to users, it may expose raw server side memory, potentially holding secrets, private data and code. This is a similar vulnerability to the infamous
Heartbleed flaw in OpenSSL.
You can read more about the insecure
Buffer behavior on our blog.