F5 Networks BIG-IP : Linux kernel vulnerability (K17403481)

High Nessus Plugin ID 118635


The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


A statement in the System Programming Guide of the Intel 64 and IA-32
Architectures Software Developer's Manual (SDM) was mishandled in the
development of some or all operating-system kernels, resulting in
unexpected behavior for #DB exceptions that are deferred by MOV SS or
POP SS, as demonstrated by (for example) privilege escalation in
Windows, macOS, some Xen configurations, or FreeBSD, or a Linux kernel
crash. The MOV to SS and POP SS instructions inhibit interrupts
(including NMIs), data breakpoints, and single step trap exceptions
until the instruction boundary following the next instruction (SDM
Vol. 3A; section 6.8.3). (The inhibited data breakpoints are those on
memory accessed by the MOV to SS or POP to SS instruction itself.)
Note that debug exceptions are not inhibited by the interrupt enable
(EFLAGS.IF) system flag (SDM Vol. 3A; section 2.3). If the instruction
following the MOV to SS or POP to SS instruction is an instruction
like SYSCALL, SYSENTER, INT 3, etc. that transfers control to the
operating system at CPL < 3, the debug exception is delivered after
the transfer to CPL < 3 is complete. OS kernels may not expect this
order of events and may therefore experience unexpected behavior when
it occurs. (CVE-2018-8897)


This vulnerability allows for a disruption of service.


Upgrade to one of the non-vulnerable versions listed in the F5
Solution K17403481.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 118635

File Name: f5_bigip_SOL17403481.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Published: 2018/11/02

Modified: 2019/01/04

Dependencies: 76940

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_access_policy_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_advanced_firewall_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_acceleration_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_security_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_application_visibility_and_reporting, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_global_traffic_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_link_controller, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_local_traffic_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_policy_enforcement_manager, cpe:/a:f5:big-ip_webaccelerator, cpe:/h:f5:big-ip

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2018/05/15

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Microsoft Windows POP/MOV SS Local Privilege Elevation Vulnerability)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-8897