CWE-416 – Use After Free
The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.
The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error when processing dbus messages during asynchronous Polkit queries in bus-polkit.c in systemd. A local unprivileged user can send a specially crafted dbus message, trigger a use-after-free error and crash services or execute arbitrary code on the system with elevated privileges.
Update the affected packages.
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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?
No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.