Amazon Linux AMI : kernel (ALAS-2021-1480)

high Nessus Plugin ID 146569


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


The version of kernel installed on the remote host is prior to 4.14.219-119.340. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ALAS-2021-1480 advisory.

2024-05-23: CVE-2023-1390 was added to this advisory.

A use-after-free flaw was found in kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c in Linux kernel. There was a race problem in trace_open and resize of cpu buffer running parallely on different cpus, may cause a denial of service problem (DOS). This flaw could even allow a local attacker with special user privilege to a kernel information leak threat. (CVE-2020-27825)

A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's implementation of the Linux SCSI target host, where an authenticated attacker could write to any block on the exported SCSI device backing store. This flaw allows an authenticated attacker to send LIO block requests to the Linux system to overwrite data on the backing store. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to integrity. In addition, this flaw affects the tcmu-runner package, where the affected SCSI command is called. (CVE-2020-28374)

A flaw leak of the file handle for parent directory in the Linux kernel's NFS3 functionality was found in the way user calls READDIRPLUS. A local user could use this flaw to traverse to other parts of the file- system than mounted sub-folder. (CVE-2021-3178)

A flaw was found in the Linux kernel. A use-after-free memory flaw in the Fast Userspace Mutexes functionality allowing a local user to crash the system or escalate their privileges on the system. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality and integrity as well as system availability. (CVE-2021-3347)

A use after free flaw in the Linux kernel network block device (NBD) subsystem was found in the way user calls an ioctl NBD_SET_SOCK at a certain point during device setup. (CVE-2021-3348)

In gadget_dev_desc_UDC_show of configfs.c, there is a possible disclosure of kernel heap memory due to a race condition. This could lead to local information disclosure with System execution privileges needed.
User interaction is not needed for exploitation.Product: AndroidVersions: Android kernelAndroid ID:
A-160822094References: Upstream kernel (CVE-2021-39648)

A remote denial of service vulnerability was found in the Linux kernel's TIPC kernel module. The while loop in tipc_link_xmit() hits an unknown state while attempting to parse SKBs, which are not in the queue.
Sending two small UDP packets to a system with a UDP bearer results in the CPU utilization for the system to instantly spike to 100%, causing a denial of service condition. (CVE-2023-1390)

Tenable has extracted the preceding description block directly from the tested product security advisory.

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Run 'yum update kernel' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 146569

File Name: ala_ALAS-2021-1480.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/18/2021

Updated: 5/24/2024

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-3347


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.1

Temporal Score: 7.3

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-28374

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, 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: 2/16/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/11/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-27825, CVE-2020-28374, CVE-2021-3178, CVE-2021-3347, CVE-2021-3348, CVE-2021-39648, CVE-2023-1390

ALAS: 2021-1480