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curl -- expired pointer dereference vulnerability

Affected packages
7.29.0 <= curl < 7.72.0


VuXML ID b905dff4-e227-11ea-b0ea-08002728f74c
Discovery 2020-08-19
Entry 2020-08-19

curl security problems:

CVE-2020-8231: wrong connect-only connection

An application that performs multiple requests with libcurl's multi API and sets the CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY option, might in rare circumstances experience that when subsequently using the setup connect-only transfer, libcurl will pick and use the wrong connection - and instead pick another one the application has created since then.

CURLOPT_CONNECT_ONLY is the option to tell libcurl to not perform an actual transfer, only connect. When that operation is completed, libcurl remembers which connection it used for that transfer and "easy handle". It remembers the connection using a pointer to the internal connectdata struct in memory.

If more transfers are then done with the same multi handle before the connect-only connection is used, leading to the initial connect-only connection to get closed (for example due to idle time-out) while also new transfers (and connections) are setup, such a new connection might end up getting the exact same memory address as the now closed connect-only connection.

If after those operations, the application then wants to use the original transfer's connect-only setup to for example use curl_easy_send() to send raw data over that connection, libcurl could erroneously find an existing connection still being alive at the address it remembered since before even though this is now a new and different connection.

The application could then accidentally send data over that connection which wasn't at all intended for that recipient, entirely unknowingly.


CVE Name CVE-2020-8231