#VU48894 Uncontrolled Recursion in cURL

Published: 2020-12-09 | Updated: 2023-10-28

Vulnerability identifier: #VU48894

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 3.8 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-8285


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software

Vendor: curl.haxx.se


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due tu uncontrolled recursion when processing FTP responses within the wildcard matching functionality, which allows a callback (set with <a href="https://curl.se/libcurl/c/CURLOPT_CHUNK_BGN_FUNCTION.html">CURLOPT_CHUNK_BGN_FUNCTION</a>) to return information back to libcurl on how to handle a specific entry in a directory when libcurl iterates over a list of all available entries. A remote attacker who controls the malicious FTP server can trick the victim to connect to it and crash the application, which is using the affected libcurl version.

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Vulnerable software versions

cURL: 7.21.0 - 7.73.0

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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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