Uninitialized Memory Exposure

Affecting bl package, versions <0.9.5 || >= 1.0.0 <1.0.1

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Overview

bl is a storage object for collections of Node Buffers.

A possible memory disclosure vulnerability exists when a value of type number is provided to the append() method and results in concatenation of uninitialized memory to the buffer collection.

This is a result of unobstructed use of the Buffer constructor, whose insecure default constructor increases the odds of memory leakage.

Details

Constructing a 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');

bl's append function 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.

const BufferList = require('bl')

var bl = new BufferList()
bl.append(new Buffer('abcd'))
bl.append(new Buffer('efg'))
bl.append('100')
// appends a Buffer holding 100 bytes of uninitialized memory
bl.append(100)                     
bl.append(new Buffer('j'))

You can read more about the insecure Buffer behavior on our blog.

Similar vulnerabilities were discovered in request, mongoose, ws and sequelize.

Note This is vulnerable only for Node <=4

References

Snyk patch available for versions:

CVSS Score

5.1
medium severity
  • Attack Vector
    Local
  • Attack Complexity
    High
  • Privileges Required
    None
  • User Interaction
    None
  • Scope
    Unchanged
  • Confidentiality
    High
  • Integrity
    None
  • Availability
    None
CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N/E:F/RL:O/RC:C
Credit
Feross Aboukhadijeh
CWE
CWE-201
Snyk ID
npm:bl:20160119
Disclosed
19 Jan, 2016
Published
18 Sep, 2016