CVE Vulnerabilities


Missing Release of Memory after Effective Lifetime

Published: Apr 12, 2023 | Modified: Apr 21, 2023
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

On affected platforms running Arista EOS with SNMP configured, a specially crafted packet can cause a memory leak in the snmpd process. This may result in the snmpd processing being terminated (causing SNMP requests to time out until snmpd is automatically restarted) and potential memory resource exhaustion for other processes on the switch. The vulnerability does not have any confidentiality or integrity impacts to the system.


The product does not sufficiently track and release allocated memory after it has been used, which slowly consumes remaining memory.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Eos Arista 4.26.0 (including) 4.26.10m (excluding)
Eos Arista 4.27.0 (including) 4.27.9m (excluding)
Eos Arista 4.28.0 (including) 4.28.6m (excluding)
Eos Arista 4.29.0 (including) 4.29.2f (excluding)

Potential Mitigations

  • Choose a language or tool that provides automatic memory management, or makes manual memory management less error-prone.
  • For example, glibc in Linux provides protection against free of invalid pointers.
  • When using Xcode to target OS X or iOS, enable automatic reference counting (ARC) [REF-391].
  • To help correctly and consistently manage memory when programming in C++, consider using a smart pointer class such as std::auto_ptr (defined by ISO/IEC ISO/IEC 14882:2003), std::shared_ptr and std::unique_ptr (specified by an upcoming revision of the C++ standard, informally referred to as C++ 1x), or equivalent solutions such as Boost.