#VU59839 Use of a broken or risky cryptographic algorithm in hostapd and wpa_supplicant

Published: 2022-01-19

Vulnerability identifier: #VU59839

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-23303


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Server applications / Remote access servers, VPN
Server applications / Encryption software

Vendor: Jouni Malinen


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain access to sensitive information on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to the implementations of SAE are vulnerable to side-channel attacks as a result of cache access patterns. A remote attacker with ability to install and execute applications can crack weak passwords when memory access patterns are visible in a shared cache.

Note, this vulnerability exists due to incomplete fix for #VU23959 (CVE-2019-9494).

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Vulnerable software versions

hostapd: 2.0 - 2.9

wpa_supplicant: 2.0 - 2.9

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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.

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