Regular Expression Denial of Service

Module: semver

Published: April 4th, 2015

Reported by: Adam Baldwin

CVE-2015-8855

Vulnerable: <4.3.2
Patched: >=4.3.2

Overview

semver is vulnerable to regular expression denial of service (ReDoS) when extremely long version strings are parsed.

"The Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) is a Denial of Service attack, that exploits the fact that most Regular Expression implementations may reach extreme situations that cause them to work very slowly (exponentially related to input size). An attacker can then cause a program using a Regular Expression to enter these extreme situations and then hang for a very long time." [1]

Remediation

Update to a version 4.3.2 or greater

References

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