Linux Kernel Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVS 2023-32233) Notice

Linux Kernel Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVS 2023-32233) Notice

maio 18, 2023 | NSFOCUS


Recently, NSFOCUS CERT found that the PoC of Linux Kernel privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2023-32233) was publicly disclosed online. There is a use-after-free vulnerability in Linux kernel’s subsystem Netfilter nf_tables, which can be exploited by authenticated local attackers to perform arbitrary read and write operations in kernel memory, ultimately elevating permissions to ROOT. The CVSS score is 7.8, affected users are advised to take protective measures as soon as possible.

Netfilter is a framework provided by the Linux kernel that allows various network related operations to be implemented in the form of custom handlers. Netfilter provides various functions and operations for packet filtering, network address translation, and port translation. They provide the functions required to guide packets through the network and prevent them from reaching sensitive locations in the network.

CVS 2023-32233 Vulnerability Status:

Vulnerability DetailsVulnerability PoCVulnerability EXPUtilization in the wilderness
PublishedPublishedPublishedNot yet detected

Reference link:

Scope of Impact

Affected version

  • Linux Kernel <= 6.3.1

Unaffected version

  • Linux kernel > 6.3.1


Linux system users can determine whether the current system is within the affected range by viewing the version. The command to view operating system version information is as follows:

cat /proc/version


  1. Currently, the official security version has been released to fix this vulnerability. It is recommended that affected users install protection in a timely manner. Download link:
  2. At the same time, it is also possible to download Linux system kernel patches for protection.
  3. At present, mainstream Linux distributions have released security patches or updated versions to fix this vulnerability. It is recommended that users install the patch as soon as possible or follow official measures for protection:
Linux distributionOfficial notice


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