Node.js Authentication Bypass Vulnerability (CVE-2023-23918) Notice

Node.js Authentication Bypass Vulnerability (CVE-2023-23918) Notice

março 1, 2023 | NSFOCUS


Recently, NSFOCUS CERT detected that Node.js officially fixed an authentication vulnerability (CVE-2023-23918). Due to the flaw of improper permission control in Node.js, a remote attacker can use the process.mainModule.require() function to bypass permissions and access unauthorized modules. The official said that this vulnerability only affects users who have enabled the experimental permission option –experimental-policy. Affected users are requested to take protective measures as soon as possible.

Node.js is an open source, cross-platform execution environment capable of running JavaScript on the server side.

Scope of Impact

Affected version

  • Node.js < v14.21.3
  • Node.js < v16.19.1
  • Node.js < v18.14.1
  • Node.js < v19.6.1

Unaffected version

  • Node.js >= v14.21.3
  • Node.js >= v16.19.1
  • Node.js >= v18.14.1
  • Node.js >= v19.6.1


At present, the official security version has been released to fix this vulnerability. It is recommended that affected users upgrade their protection in time:

Product versionDownload link
Node.js v14.21.3
Node.js v16.19.1
Node.js v18.14.1
Node.js v19.6.1


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