#VU51194 Improper Authorization in grub

Published: 2021-03-03

Vulnerability identifier: #VU51194

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 6.1 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-27779


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 bypass authorization checks.

The vulnerability exists within the cutmem command, which does not honor the Secure Boot locking. A local privileged user can remove address ranges from memory creating an opportunity to circumvent Secure Boot protections after proper triage about grub's memory layout.

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Vulnerable software versions

grub: 2.00 - 2.06

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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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