#VU59811 Use-after-free

Published: 2022-01-19 | Updated: 2022-05-23

Vulnerability identifier: #VU59811

Vulnerability risk: Low

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

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-0920


Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor: Linux Foundation


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

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error within the unix_scm_to_skb() function of af_unix.c in Linux kernel. A local user can run a specially crafted program to trigger a race condition and execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

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Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: All versions


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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?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.

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