#VU24916 Buffer overflow

Published: 2020-03-18 | Updated: 2021-01-25

Vulnerability identifier: #VU24916

Vulnerability risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.8 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-8597


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: Yes

Vulnerable software:
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor: Paul Mackerras


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error in the "eap_request" and "eap_response" functions in "eap.c" file in pppd. A remote attacker can trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

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Vulnerable software versions

PPP: 2.4.2 - 2.4.8


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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

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.

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