Severity: high

Downloads Resources over HTTP



Affected versions of steroids insecurely download an executable over an unencrypted HTTP connection.

In scenarios where an attacker has a privileged network position, it is possible to intercept the response and replace the executable with a malicious one, resulting in code execution on the system running steroids.


This vulnerability was discovered and reported in 2016, yet has not seen a patch issued as of 3/2018.

The best path forward for mitigating this issue is to attempt to use an alternative module that is actively maintained and which provides similar functionality, such as the native PhoneGap API.

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Advisory timeline

  1. published

    Advisory published
    Dec 18th, 2016
  2. reported

    Initial report by Adam Baldwin
    Nov 30th, 2016