Amazon Linux AMI : glibc (ALAS-2017-877)

high Nessus Plugin ID 102865
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VPR Score: 6.7


The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


Unbounded stack allocation in catopen function

A stack based buffer overflow vulnerability was found in the catopen() function. An excessively long string passed to the function could cause it to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code.(CVE-2015-8779)

Integer overflow in hcreate and hcreate_r

An integer overflow vulnerability was found in hcreate() and hcreate_r() functions which could result in an out-of-bounds memory access. This could lead to application crash or, potentially, arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2015-8778)

Unbounded stack allocation in nan* functions

A stack overflow vulnerability was found in nan* functions that could cause applications, which process long strings with the nan function, to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2014-9761)

LD_POINTER_GUARD in the environment is not sanitized

It was found that the dynamic loader did not sanitize the LD_POINTER_GUARD environment variable. An attacker could use this flaw to bypass the pointer guarding protection on set-user-ID or set-group-ID programs to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.(CVE-2015-8777)

Segmentation fault caused by passing out-of-range data to strftime()

It was found that out-of-range time values passed to the strftime() function could result in an out-of-bounds memory access. This could lead to application crash or, potentially, information disclosure.


Run 'yum update glibc' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 102865

File Name: ala_ALAS-2017-877.nasl

Version: 3.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/1/2017

Updated: 4/18/2018

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 6.7

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:o:amazon:linux:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-common:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-debuginfo:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-debuginfo-common:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-devel:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-headers:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-static:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:glibc-utils:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:nscd:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AmazonLinux/release, Host/AmazonLinux/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 8/31/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9761, CVE-2015-8776, CVE-2015-8777, CVE-2015-8778, CVE-2015-8779

ALAS: 2017-877