SUSE SLES12 Security Update : kernel (SUSE-SU-2019:2949-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 130949



The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


The SUSE Linux Enterprise 12-SP3 kernel was updated to receive various security and bugfixes.

The following security bugs were fixed :

CVE-2018-12207: Untrusted virtual machines on Intel CPUs could exploit a race condition in the Instruction Fetch Unit of the Intel CPU to cause a Machine Exception during Page Size Change, causing the CPU core to be non-functional.

The Linux Kernel kvm hypervisor was adjusted to avoid page size changes in executable pages by splitting / merging huge pages into small pages as needed. More information can be found on CVE-2019-16995: Fix a memory leak in hsr_dev_finalize() if hsr_add_port failed to add a port, which may have caused denial of service (bsc#1152685).

CVE-2019-11135: Aborting an asynchronous TSX operation on Intel CPUs with Transactional Memory support could be used to facilitate sidechannel information leaks out of microarchitectural buffers, similar to the previously described 'Microarchitectural Data Sampling' attack.

The Linux kernel was supplemented with the option to disable TSX operation altogether (requiring CPU Microcode updates on older systems) and better flushing of microarchitectural buffers (VERW).

The set of options available is described in our TID at CVE-2019-16233: drivers/scsi/qla2xxx/qla_os.c did not check the alloc_workqueue return value, leading to a NULL pointer dereference. (bsc#1150457).

CVE-2019-10220: Added sanity checks on the pathnames passed to the user space. (bsc#1144903).

CVE-2019-17666: rtlwifi: Fix potential overflow in P2P code (bsc#1154372).

CVE-2019-17133: cfg80211 wireless extension did not reject a long SSID IE, leading to a Buffer Overflow (bsc#1153158).

CVE-2019-16232: Fix a potential NULL pointer dereference in the Marwell libertas driver (bsc#1150465).

CVE-2019-16234: iwlwifi pcie driver did not check the alloc_workqueue return value, leading to a NULL pointer dereference. (bsc#1150452).

CVE-2019-17055: The AF_ISDN network module in the Linux kernel did not enforce CAP_NET_RAW, which meant that unprivileged users could create a raw socket (bnc#1152782).

CVE-2019-17056: The AF_NFC network module did not enforce CAP_NET_RAW, which meant that unprivileged users could create a raw socket (bsc#1152788).

CVE-2019-16413: The 9p filesystem did not protect i_size_write() properly, which caused an i_size_read() infinite loop and denial of service on SMP systems (bnc#1151347).

CVE-2019-15902: A backporting issue was discovered that re-introduced the Spectre vulnerability it had aimed to eliminate. This occurred because the backport process depends on cherry picking specific commits, and because two (correctly ordered) code lines were swapped (bnc#1149376).

CVE-2019-15291: Fixed a NULL pointer dereference issue that could be caused by a malicious USB device (bnc#1146519).

CVE-2019-15807: Fixed a memory leak in the SCSI module that could be abused to cause denial of service (bnc#1148938).

CVE-2019-13272: Fixed a mishandled the recording of the credentials of a process that wants to create a ptrace relationship, which allowed local users to obtain root access by leveraging certain scenarios with a parent-child process relationship, where a parent drops privileges and calls execve (potentially allowing control by an attacker).

CVE-2019-14821: An out-of-bounds access issue was fixed in the kernel's KVM hypervisor. An unprivileged host user or process with access to '/dev/kvm' device could use this flaw to crash the host kernel, resulting in a denial of service or potentially escalating privileges on the system (bnc#1151350).

CVE-2019-15505: An out-of-bounds issue had been fixed that could be caused by crafted USB device traffic (bnc#1147122).

CVE-2017-18595: A double free in allocate_trace_buffer was fixed (bnc#1149555).

CVE-2019-14835: A buffer overflow flaw was found in the kernel's vhost functionality that translates virtqueue buffers to IOVs. A privileged guest user able to pass descriptors with invalid length to the host could use this flaw to increase their privileges on the host (bnc#1150112).

CVE-2019-15216: A NULL pointer dereference was fixed that could be malicious USB device (bnc#1146361).

CVE-2019-15924: A a NULL pointer dereference has been fixed in the drivers/net/ethernet/intel/fm10k module (bnc#1149612).

CVE-2019-9456: An out-of-bounds write in the USB monitor driver has been fixed. This issue could lead to local escalation of privilege with System execution privileges needed. (bnc#1150025).

CVE-2019-15926: An out-of-bounds access was fixed in the drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath6kl module. (bnc#1149527).

CVE-2019-15927: An out-of-bounds access was fixed in the sound/usb/mixer module (bnc#1149522).

CVE-2019-15666: There was an out-of-bounds array access in the net/xfrm module that could cause denial of service (bnc#1148394).

CVE-2017-18379: An out-of-boundary access was fixed in the drivers/nvme/target module (bnc#1143187).

CVE-2019-15219: A NULL pointer dereference was fixed that could be abused by a malicious USB device (bnc#1146519 1146524).

CVE-2019-15220: A use-after-free issue was fixed that could be caused by a malicious USB device (bnc#1146519 1146526).

CVE-2019-15221: A NULL pointer dereference was fixed that could be caused by a malicious USB device (bnc#1146519 1146529).

CVE-2019-14814: A heap-based buffer overflow was fixed in the marvell wifi chip driver. That issue allowed local users to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code (bnc#1146512).

CVE-2019-14815: A missing length check while parsing WMM IEs was fixed (bsc#1146512, bsc#1146514, bsc#1146516).

CVE-2019-14816: A heap-based buffer overflow in the marvell wifi chip driver was fixed. Local users would have abused this issue to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code (bnc#1146516).

CVE-2017-18509: An issue in net/ipv6 as fixed. By setting a specific socket option, an attacker could control a pointer in kernel land and cause an inet_csk_listen_stop general protection fault, or potentially execute arbitrary code under certain circumstances. The issue can be triggered as root (e.g., inside a default LXC container or with the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability) or after namespace unsharing. (bnc#1145477)

CVE-2019-9506: The Bluetooth BR/EDR specification used to permit sufficiently low encryption key length and did not prevent an attacker from influencing the key length negotiation. This allowed practical brute-force attacks (aka 'KNOB') that could decrypt traffic and inject arbitrary ciphertext without the victim noticing (bnc#1137865).

CVE-2019-15098: A NULL pointer dereference in drivers/net/wireless/ath was fixed (bnc#1146378).

CVE-2019-15290: A NULL pointer dereference in ath6kl_usb_alloc_urb_from_pipe was fixed (bsc#1146378).

CVE-2019-15239: A incorrect patch to net/ipv4 was fixed. By adding to a write queue between disconnection and re-connection, a local attacker could trigger multiple use-after-free conditions. This could result in kernel crashes or potentially in privilege escalation.

CVE-2019-15212: A double-free issue was fixed in drivers/usb driver (bnc#1146391).

CVE-2016-10906: A use-after-free issue was fixed in drivers/net/ethernet/arc (bnc#1146584).

CVE-2019-15211: A use-after-free issue caused by a malicious USB device was fixed in the drivers/media/v4l2-core driver (bnc#1146519).

CVE-2019-15217: A a NULL pointer dereference issue caused by a malicious USB device was fixed in the drivers/media/usb/zr364xx driver (bnc#1146519).

CVE-2019-15214: An a use-after-free issue in the sound subsystem was fixed (bnc#1146519).

CVE-2019-15218: A NULL pointer dereference caused by a malicious USB device was fixed in the drivers/media/usb/siano driver (bnc#1146413).

CVE-2019-15215: A use-after-free issue caused by a malicious USB device was fixed in the drivers/media/usb/cpia2 driver (bnc#1146425).

CVE-2018-20976: A use-after-free issue was fixed in the fs/xfs driver (bnc#1146285).

CVE-2017-18551: An out-of-bounds write was fixed in the drivers/i2c driver (bnc#1146163).

CVE-2019-0154: An unprotected read access to i915 registers has been fixed that could have been abused to facilitate a local denial-of-service attack. (bsc#1135966)

CVE-2019-0155: A privilege escalation vulnerability has been fixed in the i915 module that allowed batch buffers from user mode to gain super user privileges. (bsc#1135967)

The update package also includes non-security fixes. See advisory for details.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or 'zypper patch'.

Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE OpenStack Cloud Crowbar 8:zypper in -t patch SUSE-OpenStack-Cloud-Crowbar-8-2019-2949=1

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8:zypper in -t patch SUSE-OpenStack-Cloud-8-2019-2949=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP 12-SP3:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SAP-12-SP3-2019-2949=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP3-LTSS:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP3-2019-2949=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP3-BCL:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP3-BCL-2019-2949=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability 12-SP3:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-HA-12-SP3-2019-2949=1

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5:zypper in -t patch SUSE-Storage-5-2019-2949=1

SUSE CaaS Platform 3.0 :

To install this update, use the SUSE CaaS Platform Velum dashboard. It will inform you if it detects new updates and let you then trigger updating of the complete cluster in a controlled way.

HPE Helion Openstack 8:zypper in -t patch HPE-Helion-OpenStack-8-2019-2949=1

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 130949

File Name: suse_SU-2019-2949-1.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/13/2019

Updated: 1/19/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-15505


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-17133

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-kgraft, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-man, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-syms, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/12/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/17/2019

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 6/10/2022

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux Polkit pkexec helper PTRACE_TRACEME local root exploit)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10906, CVE-2017-18379, CVE-2017-18509, CVE-2017-18551, CVE-2017-18595, CVE-2018-12207, CVE-2018-20976, CVE-2019-0154, CVE-2019-0155, CVE-2019-10220, CVE-2019-11135, CVE-2019-13272, CVE-2019-14814, CVE-2019-14815, CVE-2019-14816, CVE-2019-14821, CVE-2019-14835, CVE-2019-15098, CVE-2019-15211, CVE-2019-15212, CVE-2019-15214, CVE-2019-15215, CVE-2019-15216, CVE-2019-15217, CVE-2019-15218, CVE-2019-15219, CVE-2019-15220, CVE-2019-15221, CVE-2019-15239, CVE-2019-15290, CVE-2019-15291, CVE-2019-15505, CVE-2019-15666, CVE-2019-15807, CVE-2019-15902, CVE-2019-15924, CVE-2019-15926, CVE-2019-15927, CVE-2019-16232, CVE-2019-16233, CVE-2019-16234, CVE-2019-16413, CVE-2019-16995, CVE-2019-17055, CVE-2019-17056, CVE-2019-17133, CVE-2019-17666, CVE-2019-9456, CVE-2019-9506