Apache HTTP Server Byte Range DoS

high Nessus Plugin ID 55976
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The web server running on the remote host is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


The version of Apache HTTP Server running on the remote host is affected by a denial of service vulnerability. Making a series of HTTP requests with overlapping ranges in the Range or Request-Range request headers can result in memory and CPU exhaustion. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this to make the system unresponsive.

Exploit code is publicly available and attacks have reportedly been observed in the wild.


Upgrade to Apache httpd 2.2.21 or later. Alternatively, apply one of the workarounds in Apache's advisories for CVE-2011-3192. Version 2.2.20 fixed the issue, but it also introduced a regression.

If the host is running a web server based on Apache httpd, contact the vendor for a fix.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 55976

File Name: apache_range_dos.nasl

Version: 1.36

Type: remote

Family: Web Servers

Published: 8/25/2011

Updated: 11/15/2018

Dependencies: http_version.nasl, webmirror.nasl

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2011-3192


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.1


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.7

Temporal Score: 7.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:apache:http_server

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/25/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/19/2011

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3192

BID: 49303

CERT: 405811

EDB-ID: 17696, 18221