Snapd Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVE-2022-3328)

Snapd Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVE-2022-3328)

dezembro 3, 2022 | Jie Ji


On December 2, NSFOCUS CERT detected that Qualys released a local privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2022-3328) in Snapd. There is a conditional race vulnerability in the must_mkdir_and_open_with_perms() function in snap-confine, an attacker with normal user privileges can use Multipath Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVE-2022-41974) and Multipath Symbolic Link Vulnerability, bind the /tmp directory to any directory in the file system, and promote the ordinary user permissions to ROOT permissions. The CVSS score is 7.8. The details of this vulnerability have been made public. Relevant users are requested to take protective measures as soon as possible.

Snap is an application package suitable for desktops, clouds, and the IoT. It is widely used in Linux systems and is installed by default on Ubuntu systems.

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Scope of Impact

Affected version

  • 2.54.3 <= snapd < 2.57.6


  • 2.54.3+ubuntu <= snapd < 2.57.5+ubuntu

Unaffected version

  • snapd >= 2.57.6


  • snapd >= 2.57.5+ubuntu

Vulnerability Detection

Ubuntu system users can check whether the current system is affected by checking the version. The command to check the version information of snapd is as follows:

snap version


dpkg -l snapd

If the current version is in the affected range, there may be a security risk.


At present, the official security version has been released to fix this vulnerability. It is recommended that affected users upgrade the package version in time:

Ubuntu system users can use the following command to upgrade snapd:

sudo apt –only-upgrade install snapd


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