CVE-2022-32223 Detection: New Vulnerability in Node.js


Researchers discovered that Node.js, an open source server environment, is susceptible to dynamic link library (DLL) hijacking if OpenSSL is installed on the target. The affected versions include all of the 16.x, and 14.x releases lines.

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To timely identify possible system breaches through the exploitation of the CVE-2022-32223 flaw, download a Sigma rule developed by seasoned Threat Bounty developer Sittikorn Sangrattanapitak:

Possible DLL Search Order Hijacking [CVE-2022-32223] via npm CLI (via imageload)

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The rule is aligned with MITRE ATT&CK® framework v.10, addressing the Defense Evasion tactic with Hijack Execution Flow as the main technique (T1574).

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CVE-2022-32223 Description

Researchers from Aqua Security have recently released a threat alert, indicating that Node.js users can be affected by a security hole that was assigned CVE-2022-32223. For the vulnerability to be exploited, the host must have two dependencies on their Windows devices: an installed OpenSSL and existing “C:\Program Files\Common Files\SSL\openssl.cnf”.

Attackers can compel a service to use a malicious DLL instead of the legitimate DLL that is anticipated if they take over one of the directories. The attack enables adversaries to escalate their privileges and establish persistence within a compromised environment.

The vulnerability was deemed to be of high severity and is now patched by the vendor. All users are therefore urged to install the latest updates.

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