Last tested: 20 Feb, 2018

mocha vulnerabilities

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Published 13 Feb, 2018

Known vulnerabilities0
Vulnerable paths0
Dependencies23

No known vulnerabilities in mocha

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Vulnerable versions of mocha

Fixed in 4.0.0

Arbitrary Code Injection

high severity
  • Vulnerable module: growl
  • Introduced through: growl@1.9.2

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@3.5.3 > growl@1.9.2

Overview

growl is a package adding Growl support for Nodejs.

Affected versions of the package are vulnerable to Arbitrary Code Injection due to unsafe use of the eval() function. Node.js provides the eval() function by default, and is used to translate strings into Javascript code. An attacker can craft a malicious payload to inject arbitrary commands.

Remediation

Upgrade growl to version 1.10.0 or higher.

References

Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS)

low severity

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: express@3.5.3 > debug@0.8.1
  • Introduced through: express@3.5.3 > connect@2.14.5 > debug@0.8.1
  • Introduced through: express@3.5.3 > send@0.3.0 > debug@0.8.0
  • Introduced through: express@3.5.3 > connect@2.14.5 > serve-static@1.1.0 > send@0.3.0 > debug@0.8.0
  • Introduced through: express@3.5.3 > connect@2.14.5 > express-session@1.0.2 > debug@0.7.4
  • Introduced through: mocha@3.5.3 > debug@2.6.8

Overview

debug is a JavaScript debugging utility modelled after Node.js core's debugging technique..

debug uses printf-style formatting. Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) attacks via the the %o formatter (Pretty-print an Object all on a single line). It used a regular expression (/\s*\n\s*/g) in order to strip whitespaces and replace newlines with spaces, in order to join the data into a single line. This can cause a very low impact of about 2 seconds matching time for data 50k characters long.

The Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) is a type of Denial of Service attack. Many Regular Expression implementations may reach extreme situations that cause them to work very slowly (exponentially related to input size), allowing an attacker to exploit this and can cause the program to enter these extreme situations by using a specially crafted input and cause the service to excessively consume CPU, resulting in a Denial of Service.

You can read more about Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) on our blog.

Remediation

Upgrade debug to version 2.6.9, 3.1.0 or higher.

References

Fixed in 3.5.0

Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS)

low severity
  • Vulnerable module: ms
  • Introduced through: debug@2.6.0

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@3.4.2 > debug@2.6.0 > ms@0.7.2

Overview

ms is a tiny millisecond conversion utility.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) due to an incomplete fix for previously reported vulnerability npm:ms:20151024. The fix limited the length of accepted input string to 10,000 characters, and turned to be insufficient making it possible to block the event loop for 0.3 seconds (on a typical laptop) with a specially crafted string passed to ms() function.

Proof of concept

ms = require('ms');
ms('1'.repeat(9998) + 'Q') // Takes about ~0.3s

Note: Snyk's patch for this vulnerability limits input length to 100 characters. This new limit was deemed to be a breaking change by the author. Based on user feedback, we believe the risk of breakage is very low, while the value to your security is much greater, and therefore opted to still capture this change in a patch for earlier versions as well. Whenever patching security issues, we always suggest to run tests on your code to validate that nothing has been broken.

For more information on Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) attacks, go to our blog.

Disclosure Timeline

  • Feb 9th, 2017 - Reported the issue to package owner.
  • Feb 11th, 2017 - Issue acknowledged by package owner.
  • April 12th, 2017 - Fix PR opened by Snyk Security Team.
  • May 15th, 2017 - Vulnerability published.
  • May 16th, 2017 - Issue fixed and version 2.0.0 released.
  • May 21th, 2017 - Patches released for versions >=0.7.1, <=1.0.0.

Remediation

Upgrade ms to version 2.0.0 or higher.

References

Fixed in 3.0.0

Regular Expression Denial of Service (DoS)

high severity
  • Vulnerable module: minimatch
  • Introduced through: glob@3.2.11

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@2.5.3 > glob@3.2.11 > minimatch@0.3.0

Overview

minimatch is a minimalistic matching library used for converting glob expressions into JavaScript RegExp objects. Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) attacks.

The Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) is a type of Denial of Service attack. Many Regular Expression implementations may reach edge cases that causes them to work very slowly (exponentially related to input size), allowing an attacker to exploit this and can cause the program to enter these extreme situations by using a specially crafted input and cause the service to excessively consume CPU, resulting in a Denial of Service.

An attacker can provide a long value to the minimatch function, which nearly matches the pattern being matched. This will cause the regular expression matching to take a long time, all the while occupying the event loop and preventing it from processing other requests and making the server unavailable (a Denial of Service attack).

You can read more about Regular Expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) on our blog.

Remediation

Upgrade minimatch to version 3.0.2 or greater.

References

Fixed in 2.3.4

Regular Expression Denial of Service (DoS)

medium severity
  • Vulnerable module: ms
  • Introduced through: debug@2.0.0

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@2.3.3 > debug@2.0.0 > ms@0.6.2

Overview

ms is a tiny milisecond conversion utility.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to a Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) attack when converting a time period string (i.e. "2 days", "1h") into milliseconds integer. A malicious user could pas extremely long strings to ms(), causing the server take a long time to process, subsequently blocking the event loop for that extended period.

Details

The Regular expression Denial of Service (ReDoS) is a type of Denial of Service attack. Many Regular Expression implementations may reach extreme situations that cause them to work very slowly (exponentially related to input size), allowing an attacker to exploit this and can cause the program to enter these extreme situations by using a specially crafted input and cause the service to excessively consume CPU, resulting in a Denial of Service.

Remediation

Upgrade ms to version 0.7.1.

If direct dependency upgrade is not possible, use snyk wizard to patch this vulnerability.

References

Fixed in 2.3.3

Regular Expression Denial of Service (DoS)

medium severity
  • Vulnerable module: uglify-js
  • Introduced through: jade@1.11.0

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@2.3.2 > jade@1.11.0 > transformers@2.1.0 > uglify-js@2.2.5

Overview

The parse() function in the uglify-js package prior to version 2.6.0 is vulnerable to regular expression denial of service (ReDoS) attacks when long inputs of certain patterns are processed.

Details

"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

Upgrade to version 2.6.0 or greater. If a direct dependency update is not possible, use snyk wizard to patch this vulnerability.

References

Improper minification of non-boolean comparisons

high severity
  • Vulnerable module: uglify-js
  • Introduced through: jade@1.11.0

Detailed paths

  • Introduced through: mocha@2.3.2 > jade@1.11.0 > transformers@2.1.0 > uglify-js@2.2.5

Overview

uglify-js is a JavaScript parser, minifier, compressor and beautifier toolkit.

Tom MacWright discovered that UglifyJS versions 2.4.23 and earlier are affected by a vulnerability which allows a specially crafted Javascript file to have altered functionality after minification. This bug was demonstrated by Yan to allow potentially malicious code to be hidden within secure code, activated by minification.

Details

In Boolean algebra, DeMorgan's laws describe the relationships between conjunctions (&&), disjunctions (||) and negations (!). In Javascript form, they state that:

 !(a && b) === (!a) || (!b)
 !(a || b) === (!a) && (!b)

The law does not hold true when one of the values is not a boolean however.

Vulnerable versions of UglifyJS do not account for this restriction, and erroneously apply the laws to a statement if it can be reduced in length by it.

Consider this authentication function:

function isTokenValid(user) {
    var timeLeft =
        !!config && // config object exists
        !!user.token && // user object has a token
        !user.token.invalidated && // token is not explicitly invalidated
        !config.uninitialized && // config is initialized
        !config.ignoreTimestamps && // don't ignore timestamps
        getTimeLeft(user.token.expiry); // > 0 if expiration is in the future

    // The token must not be expired
    return timeLeft > 0;
}

function getTimeLeft(expiry) {
  return expiry - getSystemTime();
}

When minified with a vulnerable version of UglifyJS, it will produce the following insecure output, where a token will never expire:

( Formatted for readability )

function isTokenValid(user) {
    var timeLeft = !(                       // negation
        !config                             // config object does not exist
        || !user.token                      // user object does not have a token
        || user.token.invalidated           // token is explicitly invalidated
        || config.uninitialized             // config isn't initialized
        || config.ignoreTimestamps          // ignore timestamps
        || !getTimeLeft(user.token.expiry)  // > 0 if expiration is in the future
    );
    return timeLeft > 0
}

function getTimeLeft(expiry) {
    return expiry - getSystemTime()
}

Remediation

Upgrade UglifyJS to version 2.4.24 or higher.

References