Node.js developers fix high-risk vulnerability that could allow remote domain hijacking

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Node.js developers fix high-risk vulnerability that could allow remote domain hijacking

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A vulnerability in Node.js that could allow a remote actor to perform domain hijacking attacks has been fixed

A vulnerability in Node.js that could allow a remote actor to perform domain hijacking attacks has been fixed.

The maintainers of the JavaScript runtime environment have released a security advisory today (August 12) warning users to update to the latest version to protect against a series of bugs.

The first vulnerability (CVE-2021-3672/CVE-2021-2293) is an improper handling of untypical characters in domain names, which opened the door to remote code execution (RCE), or cross-site scripting (XSS) exploits.

The flaw, which was classed as high severity, also caused application crashes due to missing input validation of hostnames returned by Domain Name Servers in the Node.js DNS library.

This could lead to the output of wrong hostnames – causing domain hijacking – and injection vulnerabilities in applications using the library.

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A second vulnerability (CVE-2021-22939) is the incomplete validation of rejectUnauthorized parameter.

If the Node.js HTTPS API was used incorrectly and undefined was in passed for the rejectUnauthorized parameter, no error was returned and connections to servers with an expired certificate would have been accepted. It was classed as low severity.

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Finally, a use-after-free flaw (CVE-2021-22930) which could allow an attacker to exploit memory corruption to change process behavior was included as a follow-up fix after previous mitigations did not completely resolve the issue.

All users should upgrade to the latest version of Node.js to be protected against the flaws. More information can be found at the Node.js blog.

Injection attacks reloaded

The security advisory was released on the same day that a research paper (PDF) related to this topic was published.

Researchers Philipp Jeitner and Haya Shulman are due to discuss their work at the Usenix conference, which is held virtually today.

In the research, titled ‘Injection Attacks Reloaded: Tunnelling Malicious Payloads over DNS’, they demonstrate “a new method to launch string injection attacks by encoding malicious payloads into DNS records”.

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