#VU51733 NULL pointer dereference in OpenSSL

Published: 2021-03-26

Vulnerability identifier: #VU51733

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-3449


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: Yes

Vulnerable software:
Server applications / Encryption software

Vendor: OpenSSL Software Foundation


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

The vulnerability exists due to a NULL pointer dereference error when processing TLSv1.2 renegotiations. A remote attacker can send a maliciously crafted renegotiation ClientHello message, which omits the signature_algorithms extension but includes a signature_algorithms_cert extension, trigger a NULL pointer dereference error and crash the server.

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Vulnerable software versions

OpenSSL: 1.1.1 - 1.1.1j

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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. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.

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