Amazon Linux AMI : kernel (ALAS-2018-944)

high Nessus Plugin ID 106171
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The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


Race condition in raw_sendmsg function allows denial-of-service or kernel addresses leak

A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's implementation of raw_sendmsg allowing a local attacker to panic the kernel or possibly leak kernel addresses. A local attacker, with the privilege of creating raw sockets, can abuse a possible race condition when setting the socket option to allow the kernel to automatically create ip header values and thus potentially escalate their privileges. (CVE-2017-17712)

Use-after-free vulnerability in DCCP socket

A use-after-free vulnerability was found in DCCP socket code affecting the Linux kernel since 2.6.16. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to their escalate privileges. (CVE-2017-8824)

Stack-based out-of-bounds read via vmcall instruction

Linux kernel compiled with the KVM virtualization (CONFIG_KVM) support is vulnerable to an out-of-bounds read access issue. It could occur when emulating vmcall instructions invoked by a guest. A guest user/process could use this flaw to disclose kernel memory bytes.

Unchecked capabilities in net/netfilter/xt_osf.c allows for unprivileged modification to systemwide fingerprint list

net/netfilter/xt_osf.c in the Linux kernel through 4.14.4 does not require the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability for add_callback and remove_callback operations, which allows local users to bypass intended access restrictions because the xt_osf_fingers data structure is shared across all net namespaces. (CVE-2017-17450)

Missing capabilities check in net/netfilter/nfnetlink_cthelper.c allows for unprivileged access to systemwide nfnl_cthelper_list structure

net/netfilter/nfnetlink_cthelper.c in the Linux kernel through 4.14.4 does not require the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability for new, get, and del operations, which allows local users to bypass intended access restrictions because the nfnl_cthelper_list data structure is shared across all net namespaces. (CVE-2017-17448)


Run 'yum update kernel' to update your system. You will need to reboot your system in order for the new kernel to be running.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 106171

File Name: ala_ALAS-2018-944.nasl

Version: 3.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/19/2018

Updated: 4/5/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

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:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:o:amazon:linux:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-devel:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-headers:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-debuginfo:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-devel:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:perf:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:perf-debuginfo:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-doc:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

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: 1/18/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-17448, CVE-2017-17450, CVE-2017-8824, CVE-2017-17712, CVE-2017-17741

ALAS: 2018-944