Versions of the npm CLI prior to 6.13.3 are vulnerable to an Arbitrary File Write. It is possible for packages to create symlinks to files outside of thenode_modules folder through the bin field upon installation. A properly constructed entry in the package.json bin field would allow a package publisher to create a symlink pointing to arbitrary files on a user's system when the package is installed. This behavior is still possible through install scripts. This vulnerability bypasses a user using the --ignore-scripts install option.

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Source: MITRE

Published: 2019-12-13

Updated: 2020-10-07

Type: CWE-59

Risk Information

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N

Impact Score: 2.9

Exploitability Score: 8

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N

Impact Score: 3.6

Exploitability Score: 2.8

Severity: MEDIUM