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Severity: high

Downloads Resources over HTTP

haxe-dev

Overview

Affected versions of haxe-dev 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 haxe-dev.

Remediation

This package is actively maintained, yet after 2 years, the maintainer has not provided a patch for the vulnerability. This likely means that the maintainer has decided to accept the risk, and this vulnerability will never be patched.

Because of this, the best mitigation is currently to avoid using this package, using a different package if available.

Alternatively, the risk of exploitation can be reduced by ensuring that this package is not installed while connected to a public network. If the package is installed on a private network, the only people who can exploit this vulnerability are those who have compromised your network or those who have privileged access to your ISP, such as Nation State Actors or Rogue ISP Employees.

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Advisory timeline

  1. published

    Advisory published
    Jan 1st, 2017
  2. reported

    Initial report by Adam Baldwin
    Dec 1st, 2016