CVE-2023-4001

NameCVE-2023-4001
DescriptionAn authentication bypass flaw was found in GRUB due to the way that GRUB uses the UUID of a device to search for the configuration file that contains the password hash for the GRUB password protection feature. An attacker capable of attaching an external drive such as a USB stick containing a file system with a duplicate UUID (the same as in the "/boot/" file system) can bypass the GRUB password protection feature on UEFI systems, which enumerate removable drives before non-removable ones. This issue was introduced in a downstream patch in Red Hat's version of grub2 and does not affect the upstream package.
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Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
grub2 (PTS)buster2.06-3~deb10u1fixed
buster (security)2.06-3~deb10u4fixed
bullseye (security), bullseye2.06-3~deb11u6fixed
bookworm, bookworm (security)2.06-13+deb12u1fixed
trixie2.12-2~deb13u1fixed
sid2.12-2fixed

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
grub2source(unstable)(not affected)

Notes

- grub2 <not-affected> (Specific to a downstream patch in Red Hat)
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2224951
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2223437
https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2024/01/15/3

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