Denial of Service (DOS)

Affecting package, versions [4.5.0, 4.5.1)

high severity


System.IO.Pipelines Provides a default set of APIs for building an ASP.NET Core application, and also includes API for third-party integrations with ASP.NET Core.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DOS) attacks due to improperly handling requests. A remote unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability by providing specially crafted requests to the application.


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


Upgrade System.IO.Pipelines to version 4.5.1 or higher.


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Snyk ID
12 Sep, 2018
20 Sep, 2018