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From "Sebb (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HTTPCLIENT-1153) org.apache.http.impl.client.cache.memcached.MemcachedHttpCacheStorage uses URL as cache key - shouldn't.
Date Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:34:39 GMT

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Sebb commented on HTTPCLIENT-1153:
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Do we need to be careful to avoid the recently announced hashtable collision DoS vulnerability
which can arise from the Java hashtable implementation [1] ?

AIUI, the issue is that by carefully chosen input, an attacker can deliberately cause hash
collisions; in turn these cause extra CPU to be used.

[1] http://www.nruns.com/_downloads/advisory28122011.pdf
                
> org.apache.http.impl.client.cache.memcached.MemcachedHttpCacheStorage uses URL as cache
key - shouldn't.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HTTPCLIENT-1153
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HTTPCLIENT-1153
>             Project: HttpComponents HttpClient
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: HttpClient
>    Affects Versions: 4.1.1, 4.1.2
>            Reporter: Clinton Nielsen
>            Assignee: Jon Moore
>             Fix For: 4.1.3, 4.2 Alpha2
>
>
> Spy memcached has 250 defined as max key length:
> http://dustin.github.com/java-memcached-client/apidocs/constant-values.html#net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClientIF.MAX_KEY_LENGTH
> URLs can be (and often are) much longer than 250 characters.
> URLs should be hashed before being used as keys.

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