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Apache CouchDB UUIDs Request Denial of Service Vulnerability

Disclosed March 24, 2014    Zeroday : 562 days

Vulnerability Description:

CouchDB contains a vulnerability whereby a request with a very large _uuid count can cause the CouchDB process to stop responding. This causes a denial of service condition, and may require a machine restart in order to recover.


Apache Software Foundation

Vulnerable Software/Devices:

CouchDB 1.5.0 and possibly other versions

Vulnerability Severity:


Exploit Availability:

Publicly Available

Exploit Impact:

Denial of Service
Exploitation of this vulnerability will cause CouchDB to become unresponsive, causing a denial of service condition.

BeyondTrust Prevention and Detection:

BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.

  • 33389 - Apache CouchDB 1.5.0 and Prior Denial of Service


Filter GET requests with an unusually large _uuid count, such as the one demonstrated in the proof of concept.