#VU70457 Security features bypass in cURL

Published: 2022-12-21

Vulnerability identifier: #VU70457

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 4.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-43551


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software

Vendor: curl.haxx.se


The vulnerability allows an attacker to gain access to sensitive information.

The vulnerability exists in the way curl handles IDN characters in hostnames. The HSTS mechanism could be bypassed if the hostname in the given URL first uses IDN characters that get replaced to ASCII counterparts as part of the IDN conversion. Then in a subsequent request it does not detect the HSTS state and makes a clear text transfer.

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Vulnerable software versions

cURL: 7.77.0 - 7.86.0

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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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