[Security Advisory] CVE-2019-11254: denial of service vulnerability from malicious YAML payloads

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CJ Cullen

Mar 31, 2020, 7:07:49 PM3/31/20
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Hello Kubernetes Community,


A denial of service vulnerability in the Kubernetes API Server was discovered and assigned CVE-2019-11254. This vulnerability has been given an initial severity of Medium (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H). Details are below and at https://issue.k8s.io/89535


The following versions including the fix have been released:



CVE-2019-11254 is a denial of service vulnerability in the kube-apiserver, allowing authorized users sending malicious YAML payloads to cause kube-apiserver to consume excessive CPU cycles while parsing YAML.


The issue was discovered via the fuzz test kubernetes/kubernetes#83750.


Affected components:

Kubernetes API server


Affected versions:

  • <= v1.15.9

  • v1.16.0-v1.16.6

  • v1.17.0-v1.17.2

How do I mitigate this vulnerability?

Prior to upgrading, these vulnerabilities can be mitigated by preventing unauthenticated or unauthorized access to kube-apiserver.




Thanks to Mark Wolters from Google for writing the fuzz tests, and to oss-fuzz for the support.


Thanks to Mike Danese from Google for reporting this issue


- CJ Cullen on behalf of the Kubernetes Product Security Team

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