Artemis/HornetQ up to 2.3.x UDP Discovery Multicast Message resource consumption

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A vulnerability was found in Artemis and HornetQ up to 2.3.x. It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality of the component UDP Discovery. The manipulation as part of a Multicast Message leads to a resource consumption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-400. The product does not properly control the allocation and maintenance of a limited resource, thereby enabling an actor to influence the amount of resources consumed, eventually leading to the exhaustion of available resources. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

It was found that when Artemis and HornetQ before 2.4.0 are configured with UDP discovery and JGroups discovery a huge byte array is created when receiving an unexpected multicast message. This may result in a heap memory exhaustion, full GC, or OutOfMemoryError.

The bug was discovered 03/12/2018. The weakness was disclosed 03/07/2018 as not defined bug report (Bugzilla). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-12174 since 08/01/2017. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1499.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 106651 (RHEL 6 : JBoss EAP (RHSA-2018:0270)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Red Hat Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 236672 (Red Hat Update for jboss-ec2-eap package for EAP 7.1.1 (RHSA-2018:0481)).

Upgrading to version 2.4.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (106651).




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Class: Resource consumption
CWE: CWE-400 / CWE-404

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Nessus ID: 106651
Nessus Name: RHEL 6 : JBoss EAP (RHSA-2018:0270)
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Upgrade: Artemis/HornetQ 2.4.0


08/01/2017 🔍
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Advisory: RHSA-2018:0270
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CVE: CVE-2017-12174 (🔍)


Created: 03/08/2018 07:48 AM
Updated: 02/17/2023 09:42 AM
Changes: 03/08/2018 07:48 AM (69), 01/11/2020 09:19 AM (2), 02/17/2023 09:41 AM (4), 02/17/2023 09:42 AM (1)
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