Security Advisory 2022-008

Release Date:

Critical Vulnerability in Samba



  • 01/02/2022 --- v1.0 -- Initial publication


On January 31, Samba has issued advisories and software updates [1] to address multiple vulnerabilities one of which, identified as CVE-2021-44142, could lead to Remote Code Execution with root privileges. It is recommended to update as soon as possible.

Technical Details

The vulnerability CVE-2021-44142, with a severity score of 9.9 out of 10, is an out-of-bounds heap read-write vulnerability that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code as root on affected Samba installations [2].

The specific flaw exists within the parsing of Extended Attributes (EA) metadata when opening files in smbd.

Access as a user that has write access to a file's extended attributes is required to exploit this vulnerability. Note that this could be a guest or unauthenticated user if such users are allowed write access to file extended attributes.

Affected Products

All versions of Samba prior to 4.13.17 are vulnerable when Samba has the VFS module vfs_fruit enabled in its default configuration. This means that the following options are configured as follows: fruit:metadata=netatalk or fruit:resource=file. If both options are set to different settings than the default values, the system is not affected by the security issue.


Samba team and CERT-EU strongly recommend upgrading Samba to the latest version as soon as possible.


As a temporary workaround, one can remove the fruit VFS module from the list of configured VFS objects in any vfs objects line in the Samba configuration smb.conf.

Note that changing the VFS module settings fruit:metadata or fruit:resource to use the unaffected setting causes all stored information to be inaccessible.




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