Rule Category

SERVER-WEBAPP -- Snort has detected traffic exploiting vulnerabilities in web based applications on servers.

Alert Message

SERVER-WEBAPP HAProxy H2 Frame heap memory corruption attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when HAProxy H2 Frame heap memory corruption attempt is detected. Impact: Web Application Attack Details: Ease of Attack:

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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MITRE ATT&CK Framework



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Rule Vulnerability

CVE Additional Information

An issue was discovered in HAProxy before 1.8.8. The incoming H2 frame length was checked against the max_frame_size setting instead of being checked against the bufsize. The max_frame_size only applies to outgoing traffic and not to incoming, so if a large enough frame size is advertised in the SETTINGS frame, a wrapped frame will be defragmented into a temporary allocated buffer where the second fragment may overflow the heap by up to 16 kB. It is very unlikely that this can be exploited for code execution given that buffers are very short lived and their addresses not realistically predictable in production, but the likelihood of an immediate crash is absolutely certain.
Severity Base Score7.5
Impact Score3.6 Exploit Score3.9
Confidentiality ImpactNONE Integrity ImpactNONE
Availability ImpactHIGH Access Vector
Authentication Ease of Access