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Denial of service attack due to invalid JSON

high
callahad published GHSA-4mp3-385r-v63f Nov 23, 2020

Package

matrix-synapse (PyPI)

Affected versions

< 1.20.0

Patched versions

>= 1.20.0

Description

Impact

A denial of service attack against Matrix clients can be exploited by sending an event including invalid JSON data to Synapse. Synapse would relay the data to clients which could crash or hang. Impact is long-lasting if the event is made part of the room state.

Patches

At a minimum #8106 and #8291 must be applied. #7372 and #8124 include additional checks.

Workarounds

There are no known workarounds.

Upgrading notes

If an invalid event is accepted by an earlier Synapse it can become part of the room state and will not be fixed by upgrading Synapse. Redacting the invalid event should avoid clients receiving the invalid event.

CVE ID

CVE-2020-26890

Credits