Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-3338-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 100990


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that the stack guard page for processes in the Linux kernel was not sufficiently large enough to prevent overlapping with the heap. An attacker could leverage this with another vulnerability to execute arbitrary code and gain administrative privileges (CVE-2017-1000364)

Jesse Hertz and Tim Newsham discovered that the Linux netfilter implementation did not correctly perform validation when handling 32 bit compatibility IPT_SO_SET_REPLACE events on 64 bit platforms. A local unprivileged attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges. (CVE-2016-4997).

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 100990

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3338-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/06/22

Modified: 2017/10/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-generic-pae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-highbank, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-virtual, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic-pae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-highbank, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-virtual, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/06/21

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Linux Kernel 4.6.3 Netfilter Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4997, CVE-2017-1000364

OSVDB: 140493, 159367

USN: 3338-1

IAVA: 2017-A-0288