tunnel-agent is HTTP proxy tunneling agent. Affected versions of the package are vulnerable to Uninitialized Memory Exposure.
A possible memory disclosure vulnerability exists when a value of type
number is used to set the proxy.auth option of a request
request and results in a possible uninitialized memory exposures in the request body.
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');
request construction 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.
Proof of concept by ChALkeR
You can read more about the insecure
Buffer behavior on our blog.
Similar vulnerabilities were discovered in request, mongoose, ws and sequelize.
tunnel-agent to version 0.6.0 or higher.