#VU66397 Double Free in Linux kernel

Published: 2022-08-23 | Updated: 2023-09-18

Vulnerability identifier: #VU66397

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 7.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-2588


Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: Yes

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 double free error within the network packet scheduler implementation in the route4_change() function in Linux kernel when removing all references to a route filter before freeing it. A local user can run a specially crafted program to crash the kernel or execute arbitrary code.

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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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