Amazon Linux 2 : kernel (ALAS-2018-1100)

High Nessus Plugin ID 118832


The remote Amazon Linux 2 host is missing a security update.


An issue was discovered in the proc_pid_stack function in fs/proc/base.c in the Linux kernel. An attacker with a local account can trick the stack unwinder code to leak stack contents to userspace.
The fix allows only root to inspect the kernel stack of an arbitrary task.(CVE-2018-17972)

A vulnerability was discovered in the Linux kernel that allows an attacker to escalate privileges with using a 64-bit ARM architecture.
A local attacker with permission to create KVM-based virtual machines can both panic the hypervisor by triggering an illegal exception return (resulting in a DoS) and to redirect execution elsewhere within the hypervisor with full register control, instead of causing a return to the guest.(CVE-2018-18021)


Run 'yum update kernel' and reboot your instance to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 118832

File Name: al2_ALAS-2018-1100.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/11/09

Modified: 2018/11/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-devel, 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, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python-perf, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python-perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2

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

Patch Publication Date: 2018/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-17972, CVE-2018-18021

ALAS: 2018-1100