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CVE-2023-6245 Detail


The Candid library causes a Denial of Service while parsing a specially crafted payload with 'empty' data type. For example, if the payload is `record { * ; empty }` and the canister interface expects `record { * }` then the Rust candid decoder treats empty as an extra field required by the type. The problem with the type empty is that the candid Rust library wrongly categorizes empty as a recoverable error when skipping the field and thus causing an infinite decoding loop. Canisters using affected versions of candid are exposed to denial of service by causing the decoding to run indefinitely until the canister traps due to reaching maximum instruction limit per execution round. Repeated exposure to the payload will result in degraded performance of the canister. Note: Canisters written in Motoko are unaffected.


CVSS 3.x Severity and Metrics:

NIST CVSS score matches with CNA score
CNA:  DFINITY Foundation
Base Score:  7.5 HIGH
Vector:  CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

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Hyperlink Resource
https://github.com/dfinity/candid/blob/master/spec/Candid.md Product 
https://github.com/dfinity/candid/pull/478 Patch 
https://github.com/dfinity/candid/security/advisories/GHSA-7787-p7x6-fq3j Patch  Third Party Advisory 
https://internetcomputer.org/docs/current/references/candid-ref Product 
https://internetcomputer.org/docs/current/references/ic-interface-spec Product 

Weakness Enumeration

CWE-ID CWE Name Source
CWE-835 Loop with Unreachable Exit Condition ('Infinite Loop') cwe source acceptance level NIST   Reference acceptance level DFINITY Foundation  
CWE-20 Improper Input Validation Reference acceptance level DFINITY Foundation  
CWE-1288 Improper Validation of Consistency within Input Reference acceptance level DFINITY Foundation  
CWE-168 Improper Handling of Inconsistent Special Elements Reference acceptance level DFINITY Foundation  

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DFINITY Foundation