CVSS 3.1 Score 6.1 of 10 (medium)


Published Jul 25, 2023
Updated: Aug 2, 2023
CWE ID 269
CWE ID 271


CVE-2023-38496 is a vulnerability in Apptainer, an open source container platform. The affected version 1.2.0-rc.2 has an ineffective privilege drop during container network setup, which allows subsequent functions to be called with root privileges. Although the attack surface for users is limited, an attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability by crafting a starter configuration to delete directories on the host filesystems. A security fix has been released in Apptainer version 1.2.1, and the only known solution is to upgrade to this version to mitigate the risk. The vulnerability has a base severity rating of MEDIUM and a base score of 6.1 according to CVSS v3.1, indicating potential high availability impact and low integrity impact.

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