Security restrictions bypass in GNOME GLib

Published: 2021-03-15
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2021-28153
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Gnome GLib
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products

Vendor Gnome Development Team

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) UNIX symbolic link following

EUVDB-ID: #VU51454

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2021-28153

CWE-ID: CWE-61 - UNIX Symbolic Link (Symlink) Following

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to a symlink following issue, when g_file_replace() is used with G_FILE_CREATE_REPLACE_DESTINATION. A local user can create a specially crafted symbolic link to a critical file on the system and overwrite it with privileges of the application.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in privilege escalation.


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Vulnerable software versions

Gnome GLib: 2.66.0 - 2.67.5

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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