#VU51454 UNIX symbolic link following


Published: 2021-03-15

Vulnerability identifier: #VU51454

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1:

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-28153

CWE-ID: CWE-61

Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: No

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

Vendor: Gnome Development Team

Description

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

The vulnerability exists due to a symlink following issue, when g_file_replace() is used with G_FILE_CREATE_REPLACE_DESTINATION. A local user can create a specially crafted symbolic link to a critical file on the system and overwrite it with privileges of the application.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in privilege escalation.

Mitigation
Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Gnome GLib: 2.66.0 - 2.67.5


CPE

External links
http://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/glib/-/issues/2325


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?


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