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CVE-2021-47572 Null pointer dereference

Remediate Within 6 Months

CVE Information

Original CVE data


In the Linux kernel, the following vulnerability has been resolved: net: nexthop: fix null pointer dereference when IPv6 is not enabled When we try to add an IPv6 nexthop and IPv6 is not enabled (!CONFIG_IPV6) we'll hit a NULL pointer dereference[1] in the error path of nh_create_ipv6() due to calling ipv6_stub->fib6_nh_release. The bug has been present since the beginning of IPv6 nexthop gateway support. Commit 1aefd3de7bc6 ("ipv6: Add fib6_nh_init and release to stubs") tells us that only fib6_nh_init has a dummy stub because fib6_nh_release should not be called if fib6_nh_init returns an error, but the commit below added a call to ipv6_stub->fib6_nh_release in its error path. To fix it return the dummy stub's -EAFNOSUPPORT error directly without calling ipv6_stub->fib6_nh_release in nh_create_ipv6()'s error path. [1] Output is a bit truncated, but it clearly shows the error. BUG: kernel NULL pointer dereference, address: 000000000000000000 #PF: supervisor instruction fetch in kernel modede #PF: error_code(0x0010) - not-present pagege PGD 0 P4D 0 Oops: 0010 [#1] PREEMPT SMP NOPTI CPU: 4 PID: 638 Comm: ip Kdump: loaded Not tainted 5.16.0-rc1+ #446 Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS 1.14.0-4.fc34 04/01/2014 RIP: 0010:0x0 Code: Unable to access opcode bytes at RIP 0xffffffffffffffd6. RSP: 0018:ffff888109f5b8f0 EFLAGS: 00010286^Ac RAX: 0000000000000000 RBX: ffff888109f5ba28 RCX: 0000000000000000 RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 0000000000000000 RDI: ffff8881008a2860 RBP: ffff888109f5b9d8 R08: 0000000000000000 R09: 0000000000000000 R10: ffff888109f5b978 R11: ffff888109f5b948 R12: 00000000ffffff9f R13: ffff8881008a2a80 R14: ffff8881008a2860 R15: ffff8881008a2840 FS: 00007f98de70f100(0000) GS:ffff88822bf00000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000 CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033 CR2: ffffffffffffffd6 CR3: 0000000100efc000 CR4: 00000000000006e0 Call Trace: <TASK> nh_create_ipv6+0xed/0x10c rtm_new_nexthop+0x6d7/0x13f3 ? check_preemption_disabled+0x3d/0xf2 ? lock_is_held_type+0xbe/0xfd rtnetlink_rcv_msg+0x23f/0x26a ? check_preemption_disabled+0x3d/0xf2 ? rtnl_calcit.isra.0+0x147/0x147 netlink_rcv_skb+0x61/0xb2 netlink_unicast+0x100/0x187 netlink_sendmsg+0x37f/0x3a0 ? netlink_unicast+0x187/0x187 sock_sendmsg_nosec+0x67/0x9b ____sys_sendmsg+0x19d/0x1f9 ? copy_msghdr_from_user+0x4c/0x5e ? rcu_read_lock_any_held+0x2a/0x78 ___sys_sendmsg+0x6c/0x8c ? asm_sysvec_apic_timer_interrupt+0x12/0x20 ? lockdep_hardirqs_on+0xd9/0x102 ? sockfd_lookup_light+0x69/0x99 __sys_sendmsg+0x50/0x6e do_syscall_64+0xcb/0xf2 entry_SYSCALL_64_after_hwframe+0x44/0xae RIP: 0033:0x7f98dea28914 Code: 00 f7 d8 64 89 02 48 c7 c0 ff ff ff ff eb b5 0f 1f 80 00 00 00 00 48 8d 05 e9 5d 0c 00 8b 00 85 c0 75 13 b8 2e 00 00 00 0f 05 <48> 3d 00 f0 ff ff 77 54 c3 0f 1f 00 41 54 41 89 d4 55 48 89 f5 53 RSP: 002b:00007fff859f5e68 EFLAGS: 00000246 ORIG_RAX: 000000000000002e2e RAX: ffffffffffffffda RBX: 00000000619cb810 RCX: 00007f98dea28914 RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 00007fff859f5ed0 RDI: 0000000000000003 RBP: 0000000000000000 R08: 0000000000000001 R09: 0000000000000008 R10: fffffffffffffce6 R11: 0000000000000246 R12: 0000000000000001 R13: 000055c0097ae520 R14: 000055c0097957fd R15: 00007fff859f63a0 </TASK> Modules linked in: bridge stp llc bonding virtio_net

CWE: CWE-476
CVSS v2-
CVSS v35.5
Affected Vendors

Linux - (1)

Basic Analysis

Common vulnerability metrics

Vulnerabilty type as detected by PRIOnengine

Null pointer dereference

CVSS Scores as calculated by PRIOnengine
CVSS v25
CVSS v39.8

Vulnerability weakness type is in the top 25 CWEs according to MITRE. View Mitre Top 25 CWEs


No exploit code is reported to exist.

Active Exploitation

Vulnerability is not in CISA's Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEV) catalog. See the KEV Catalog

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Threat Actor Activity

No sightings of the vulnerability within threat reports.

Cybersecurity Frameworks

How the vulnerability maps against various cybersecurity frameworks

T1499.004 - Endpoint Denial of Service (Application or System Exploitation)
T1203 - Exploitation for Client Execution
T1059 - Command and Scripting Interpreter

Compliance Impact

How the submited vulnerability affects compliance

PCI DSS v3.2.1-6.5.2 - Buffer Overflows

Web Application Security Frameworks

Applicable if the issue likely affects a web application

WASC-19 - SQL Injection