Denial of Service (DoS)

Affecting autolinker package, ALL versions

medium severity

Overview

autolinker is a Utility to Automatically Link URLs, Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, Twitter handles, and Hashtags in a given block of text/HTML.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) due to an unterminated img src.

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

Remediation

There is no fixed version for autolinker.

References

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Credit
wheresrhys
CWE
CWE-400
Snyk ID
SNYK-JS-AUTOLINKER-73494
Disclosed
08 Jan, 2019
Published
10 Jan, 2019