Denial of service in Bitcoin core

Published: 2020-09-14
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2018-17145
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Other software / Other software solutions

Bitcoin Knots
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor Bitcoin
Bitcoin Knots

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Resource management error

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3: 6.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-17145

CWE-ID: CWE-399 - Resource Management Errors

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to improper management of internal resources with the applicatoin. A remote attacker can flood the application with multiple transaction inv messages with random hashes and perform a denial of service (DoS) attack, aka INVDoS.


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Vulnerable software versions

bitcoin: 0.16.0, 0.16.1

Bitcoin Knots: 0.16.0, 0.16.1

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.