Apache HTTP Server mod_fcgid module denial of service

apache-modfcgid-dos (74181) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

Apache HTTP Server could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service, caused by a failure to recognize the FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass directive for a virtual host in the mod_fcgid module. By sending a series of HTTP requests, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the consumption of CPU resources.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 5
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: Partial
 
Temporal Score: 3.7
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Denial of Service

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of mod_fcgid FastCGI module for Apache HTTP Server (2.3.6 or later), available from the Apache Web site. See References.

References:

  • Apache Web site: Apache mod_fcgid FastCGI module for Apache HTTP Server released as 2.3.6.
  • Red Hat Bugzilla Bug 803918: CVE-2012-1181 mod_fcgid 2.3.6 does not respect configured FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass in VirtualHost.
  • BID-52565: Apache 'mod_fcgid' Module Denial Of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2012-1181: fcgid_spawn_ctl.c in the mod_fcgid module 2.3.6 for the Apache HTTP Server does not recognize the FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass directive for a virtual host, which makes it easier for remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via a series of HTTP requests that triggers a process count higher than the intended limit.
  • DSA-2436: libapache2-mod-fcgid -- inactive resource limits
  • OSVDB ID: 80349: Apache HTTP Server mod_fcgid Module fcgid_spawn_ctl.c FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass Virtual Host Directive HTTP Request Parsing Remote DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • Apache HTTP Server 2.3.6

Reported:

Mar 16, 2012

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