Amazon Linux AMI : kernel (ALAS-2017-914) (BlueBorne)

high Nessus Plugin ID 104180


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


stack buffer overflow in the native Bluetooth stack

A stack buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the Bluetooth subsystem of the Linux kernel processed pending L2CAP configuration responses from a client. On systems with the stack protection feature enabled in the kernel (CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR=y, which is enabled on all architectures other than s390x and ppc64[le]), an unauthenticated attacker able to initiate a connection to a system via Bluetooth could use this flaw to crash the system. Due to the nature of the stack protection feature, code execution cannot be fully ruled out, although we believe it is unlikely. On systems without the stack protection feature (ppc64[le]; the Bluetooth modules are not built on s390x), an unauthenticated attacker able to initiate a connection to a system via Bluetooth could use this flaw to remotely execute arbitrary code on the system with ring 0 (kernel) privileges. (CVE-2017-1000251)

dereferencing NULL payload with nonzero length

A flaw was found in the implementation of associative arrays where the add_key systemcall and KEYCTL_UPDATE operations allowed for a NULL payload with a nonzero length. When accessing the payload within this length parameters value, an unprivileged user could trivially cause a NULL pointer dereference (kernel oops). (CVE-2017-15274)

xfs: unprivileged user kernel oops

A flaw was found where the XFS filesystem code mishandles a user-settable inode flag in the Linux kernel prior to 4.14-rc1. This can cause a local denial of service via a kernel panic.(CVE-2017-14340)

Information leak in the scsi driver

The sg_ioctl() function in 'drivers/scsi/sg.c' in the Linux kernel, from version 4.12-rc1 to 4.14-rc2, allows local users to obtain sensitive information from uninitialized kernel heap-memory locations via an SG_GET_REQUEST_TABLE ioctl call for '/dev/sg0'.

kvm: nVMX: L2 guest could access hardware(L0) CR8 register

Linux kernel built with the KVM visualization support (CONFIG_KVM), with nested visualization (nVMX) feature enabled (nested=1), is vulnerable to a crash due to disabled external interrupts. As L2 guest could access (r/w) hardware CR8 register of the host(L0). In a nested visualization setup, L2 guest user could use this flaw to potentially crash the host(L0) resulting in DoS. (CVE-2017-12154)


Run 'yum update kernel' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 104180

File Name: ala_ALAS-2017-914.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/27/2017

Updated: 6/4/2020

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.7

Temporal Score: 6

Vector: AV:A/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8

Temporal Score: 7.2

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

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/26/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/12/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-1000251, CVE-2017-12154, CVE-2017-12192, CVE-2017-14340, CVE-2017-14991, CVE-2017-15274

ALAS: 2017-914