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Security Bulletin: Current Release of IBM® SDK for Node.js™ is affected by CVE-2014-7191

Security Bulletin


Node.js qs denial-of-service vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-7191

DESCRIPTION: Node.js is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an error in the qs module when parsing a string representing a deeply nested object. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to block the event loop for an extended period of time and cause a denial of service.

The qs module included in IBM SDK for Node.js is a bundled dependency of the Node Package Manager (npm). This instance of the qs module is not normally exposed to end users of IBM SDK for Node.js.

CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects IBM SDK for Node.js v1.1.0.7 and previous releases.


The fix for this vulnerability is included in IBM SDK for Node.js v1.1.0.8 and subsequent releases.

IBM SDK for Node.js can be downloaded, subject to the terms of the developerWorks license, from here.

IBM customers requiring an update for an SDK shipped with an IBM product should contact IBM support, and/or refer to the appropriate product security bulletin.

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Change History

10 October 2014: Original Version Published

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.


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Document Information

Modified date:
08 August 2018