Privilege escalation in Linux kernel



Published: 2021-07-22
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2021-33033
CWE ID CWE-416
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

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Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 6.8 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-33033

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: No

Description

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

The vulnerability exists due to improper handling of the CIPSO and CALIPSO refcounting for the DOI definitions in cipso_v4_genopt(0 function in net/ipv4/cipso_ipv4.c in Linux kernel. A local user can trigger a use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code with escalated privileges.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: before 5.11.4

CPE External links

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=ad5d07f4a9cd671233ae20983848874731102c08
https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/ChangeLog-5.11.14
https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/ChangeLog-5.11.7
https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=1165affd484889d4986cf3b724318935a0b120d8
https://sites.google.com/view/syzscope/kasan-use-after-free-read-in-cipso_v4_genopt
https://syzkaller.appspot.com/bug?id=96e7d345748d8814901c91cd92084ed04b46701e

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.



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