2021-37750 | MIT Kerberos 5 Key Distribution Center do_tgs_req.c null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability was found in MIT Kerberos 5 up to 1.18.4/1.19.2 (Network Authentication Software) and classified as problematic. This issue affects an unknown code of the file kdc/do_tgs_req.c of the component Key Distribution Center Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-476. Impacted is availability. The summary by CVE is:

The Key Distribution Center (KDC) in MIT Kerberos 5 (aka krb5) before 1.18.5 and 1.19.x before 1.19.3 has a NULL pointer dereference in kdc/do_tgs_req.c via a FAST inner body that lacks a server field.

The weakness was presented 08/23/2021 as d775c95af7606a51bf79547a94fa52ddd1cb7f49. It is possible to read the advisory at github.com. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2021-37750 since 07/30/2021. The attack needs to be initiated within the local network. A simple authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit.

Upgrading to version 1.18.5 or 1.19.3 eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at github.com. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version.




VulDB Meta Base Score: 3.5
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 3.4

VulDB Base Score: 3.5
VulDB Temp Score: 3.4
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VulDB Base Score: 🔒
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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-476
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Partially

Availability: 🔒
Status: Not defined

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Active APT Groups: 🔍Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Kerberos 5 1.18.5/1.19.3
Patch: github.com

07/30/2021 CVE assigned
08/23/2021 +24 days Advisory disclosed
08/23/2021 +0 days VulDB entry created
08/25/2021 +2 days VulDB last updateVendor: http://www.mit.edu/

Advisory: d775c95af7606a51bf79547a94fa52ddd1cb7f49
Status: Confirmed
Confirmation: 🔒

CVE: CVE-2021-37750 (🔒)

Created: 08/23/2021 12:46
Updated: 08/25/2021 19:32
Changes: (3) source_cve_assigned source_cve_nvd_summary advisory_confirm_url
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