Security Flaws Uncovered in node-mysql2 Database Library

Bar Refael

April 24, 2024

Security experts have revealed serious vulnerabilities in the node-mysql2 library, widely used in web applications and backend systems. The identified vulnerabilities—CVE-2024-21508, CVE-2024-21509, and CVE-2024-21511—pose significant security risks, with the potential to impact millions of applications globally.

Key Vulnerabilities and Risks:

  • Remote Code Execution (RCE): CVE-2024-21508 and CVE-2024-21511 are critical, with a CVSS score of 9.8, allowing attackers to execute arbitrary code remotely on affected servers.
  • Prototype Pollution: CVE-2024-21509, rated moderate, could manipulate application behavior, potentially leading to data breaches or system malfunctions.

Affected Systems:

  • E-commerce Platforms: Risk of exposing sensitive customer and financial data.
  • Backend API Systems: Potential gateways for broader network infiltrations.
  • IoT Devices: Risks to connected devices and industrial systems.

Recommended Actions:

  • Immediate Update: Upgrade to node-mysql2 version 3.9.7 or later to mitigate these vulnerabilities.
  • Dependency Audit: Check and update any dependent components to ensure comprehensive protection.

Organizations using node-mysql2 are urged to act swiftly to update their systems to prevent potential exploits, especially given the availability of exploit code which could facilitate widespread attacks.

Stay Secure. Stay Informed.

OP Innovate Research Team.

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