#VU26628 Use-after-free in Glibc

Published: 2020-04-07

Vulnerability identifier: #VU26628

Vulnerability risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 7.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1752


Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products

Vendor: GNU


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

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error within the glob() function in glibc in the way the tilde expansion was carried out. Directory paths containing an initial tilde followed by a valid username are affected by this issue. A local user can create a specially crafted path that, when processed by the glob() function, would potentially lead to arbitrary code execution.

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Vulnerable software versions

Glibc: 2.14.1 - 2.30

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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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