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Privilege escalation in E2fsprogs

Published: 2019-09-25
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-5094
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products


Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Out-of-bounds write

Severity: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-5094

CWE-ID: CWE-787 - Out-of-bounds Write

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the vulnerable system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing untrusted input in the quota file functionality. A local user can send a specially crafted xt4 partition, trigger out-of-bounds write on the heap and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Note: An attacker can corrupt a partition to trigger this vulnerability.


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Vulnerable software versions

E2fsprogs: 1.43.3, 1.43.4, 1.43.5, 1.43.6, 1.43.7, 1.43.8, 1.43.9, 1.44.0, 1.44.1, 1.44.2, 1.44.3, 1.44.4, 1.44.5, 1.44.6, 1.45.0, 1.45.1, 1.45.2, 1.45.3

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

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.