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Russian exploit developer publicly disclosed VirtualBox zero-day vulnerability


An independent IT security researcher and exploit developer from Russia has publicly revealed a zero-day vulnerability in all versions of VirtualBox (VB) 5.2.20 and prior. VB is commonly used open source virtualization software that has been developed by Oracle.

According to the analysis of Sergey Zelenyuk, his exploit is hundred percent reliable and memory corruption issues are responsible for this zero-day vulnerability. It affects the Intel PRO / 1000 MT Desktop (82540EM) network card (E1000) if the network mode is set to Network Address Translation/NAT. The issue is prevailing in a shared code base of the virtualization software, which is available on literally all operating systems.

This vulnerability is not platform or OS specific primarily because it is present in a shared code base. Zelenyuk has also demonstrated the steps to follow for exploiting the vulnerability in a video. Through exploiting this flaw, an attacker can evade the virtual environment of a guest...(continued)

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