This script is Copyright (C) 2013-2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.
A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's ptrace
implementation handled PTRACE_SETREGS requests when the debuggee was
woken due to a SIGKILL signal instead of being stopped. A local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges.
A memory disclosure flaw was found in the way the load_script()
function in the binfmt_script binary format handler handled excessive
recursions. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to leak
kernel stack memory to user-space by executing specially crafted
A flaw was found in the way the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)
subsystem handled guests attempting to run with the X86_CR4_OSXSAVE
CPU feature flag set. On hosts without the XSAVE CPU feature, a local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the host system. (The
'grep --color xsave /proc/cpuinfo' command can be used to verify if
your system has the XSAVE CPU feature.) (CVE-2012-4461)
It was found that a deadlock could occur in the Out of Memory (OOM)
killer. A process could trigger this deadlock by consuming a large
amount of memory, and then causing request_module() to be called. A
local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of
service (excessive memory consumption). (CVE-2012-4398)
See also :
Run 'yum update kernel' to update your system.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9
Public Exploit Available : true