DescriptionFlatpak is a system for building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on Linux. In versions prior to 1.10.4 and 1.12.0, Flatpak apps with direct access to AF_UNIX sockets such as those used by Wayland, Pipewire or pipewire-pulse can trick portals and other host-OS services into treating the Flatpak app as though it was an ordinary, non-sandboxed host-OS process. They can do this by manipulating the VFS using recent mount-related syscalls that are not blocked by Flatpak's denylist seccomp filter, in order to substitute a crafted `/.flatpak-info` or make that file disappear entirely. Flatpak apps that act as clients for AF_UNIX sockets such as those used by Wayland, Pipewire or pipewire-pulse can escalate the privileges that the corresponding services will believe the Flatpak app has. Note that protocols that operate entirely over the D-Bus session bus (user bus), system bus or accessibility bus are not affected by this. This is due to the use of a proxy process `xdg-dbus-proxy`, whose VFS cannot be manipulated by the Flatpak app, when interacting with these buses. Patches exist for versions 1.10.4 and 1.12.0, and as of time of publication, a patch for version 1.8.2 is being planned. There are no workarounds aside from upgrading to a patched version.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
Debian Bugs995935

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
flatpak (PTS)buster, buster (security)1.2.5-0+deb10u4vulnerable
bullseye (security), bullseye1.10.7-0+deb11u1fixed
bookworm, sid1.12.7-1fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


[buster] - flatpak <ignored> (Not exploitable with Debian buster kernel, intrusive to backport; requires updated libseccomp)
[stretch] - flatpak <ignored> (Difficult to exploit)
Sourcewise fixed in 1.12.0-1 already, but 1.12.1-1 adds stricter dependency
to libseccomp 2.5.2 so that CVE-2021-41133 is fully prevented.
Regression followups:

Search for package or bug name: Reporting problems