Denial of Service (DoS)

Affecting kibana package, versions <5.2.1

high severity


kibana is an open source, browser-based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS).

Kibana versions prior to 5.2.1 configured for SSL client access, file descriptors will fail to be cleaned up after certain requests and will accumulate over time until the process crashes.


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


Upgrade kibana to version 5.2.1 or higher.


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Snyk ID
14 Feb, 2017
04 Jan, 2018