Linux Kernel up to 5.10.82/5.15.5 netif_carrier_on/netif_carrier_off null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Linux Kernel up to 5.10.82/5.15.5. Affected by this vulnerability is the function netif_carrier_on/netif_carrier_off. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. As an impact it is known to affect availability. The summary by CVE is:

In the Linux kernel, the following vulnerability has been resolved: mlxsw: spectrum: Protect driver from buggy firmware When processing port up/down events generated by the device's firmware, the driver protects itself from events reported for non-existent local ports, but not the CPU port (local port 0), which exists, but lacks a netdev. This can result in a NULL pointer dereference when calling netif_carrier_{on,off}(). Fix this by bailing early when processing an event reported for the CPU port. Problem was only observed when running on top of a buggy emulator.

The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2021-47560. The exploitation appears to be easy. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 05/24/2024).

Upgrading to version 5.10.83 or 5.15.6 eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch 90d0736876c5/da4d70199e5d/63b08b1f6834 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version.

Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at VDB-269093, VDB-269094, VDB-269095 and VDB-269096.







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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404

Local: No
Remote: Partially

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Status: Not defined

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Upgrade: Kernel 5.10.83/5.15.6
Patch: 90d0736876c5/da4d70199e5d/63b08b1f6834


05/24/2024 Advisory disclosed
05/24/2024 +0 days VulDB entry created
05/24/2024 +0 days VulDB entry last update



Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2021-47560 (🔒)
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Created: 05/24/2024 06:45 PM
Changes: 05/24/2024 06:45 PM (56)
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