#VU51973 NULL pointer dereference

Published: 2021-04-08

Vulnerability identifier: #VU51973

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 5.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-28166


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Eclipse Mosquitto
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor: Eclipse


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

The vulnerability exists due to a NULL pointer dereference error in Eclipse Mosquitto when processing CONNACK messages. A remote authenticated user connected with MQTT v5 can send a specially crafted CONNACK message to the broker, trigger a NULL pointer dereference error and crash the service.

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Vulnerable software versions

Eclipse Mosquitto: 2.0.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.0.7, 2.0.8, 2.0.9


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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote authenticated user 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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