Denial of service in Wireshark

Published: 2020-05-22
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-13164
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / IDS/IPS systems, Firewalls and proxy servers


Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Resource exhaustion

EUVDB-ID: #VU28181

Risk: Medium


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-13164

CWE-ID: CWE-400 - Resource exhaustion

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to application does not properly control consumption of internal resources in NFS dissector. A remote attacker can inject a malformed packet onto the wire or trick a victim to read a malformed packet trace file and perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.


Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Wireshark: 3.2.0 - 3.2.3, 3.0.0 - 3.0.9, 2.6.0 - 2.6.16

CPE2.3 External links;a=commit;h=e6e98eab8e5e0bbc982cfdc808f2469d7cab6c5a

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