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Missing Release of Memory after Effective Lifetime


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


The BitTorrent implementation in Opera 9.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption and application crash) via a malformed torrent file. NOTE: the original disclosure refers to this as a memory leak, but it is not certain.

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CWE-401 - Missing release of memory after effective lifetime (memory leak)

'Missing release of memory after effective lifetime (memory leak)' is a weakness that occurs when software doesn't effectively release allocated memory after it is used. If not addressed, this enables attackers to launch denial of service attacks (by crashing or hanging the program) or take advantage of other unexpected behavior resulting from low memory conditions.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published