#VU45794 Expired pointer dereference in cURL

Published: 2020-08-20

Vulnerability identifier: #VU45794

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 3.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-8231


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software

Vendor: curl.haxx.se


The vulnerability allows an attacker to gain access to sensitive information.

The vulnerability exists due to expired pointer dereference error for CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY connections that may lead to information disclosure. If the application is using the CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY option to check if the website is accessible, an attacker might abuse this feature and force the application to re-use expired connection and send data intended to another connection to attacker controlled server.

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Vulnerable software versions

cURL: 7.29.0 - 7.71.1

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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.

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