SUSE SLES12 Security Update : kernel (SUSE-SU-2021:1572-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 149456



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


The SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP5 Azure kernel was updated to receive various security and bugfixes.

The following security bugs were fixed :

CVE-2020-36312: Fixed an issue within virt/kvm/kvm_main.c that had a kvm_io_bus_unregister_dev memory leak upon a kmalloc failure (bnc#1184509).

CVE-2021-29650: Fixed an issue within the netfilter subsystem that allowed attackers to cause a denial of service (panic) because net/netfilter/x_tables.c and include/linux/netfilter/x_tables.h lack a full memory barrier upon the assignment of a new table value (bnc#1184208).

CVE-2021-29155: Fixed an issue within kernel/bpf/verifier.c that performed undesirable out-of-bounds speculation on pointer arithmetic, leading to side-channel attacks that defeat Spectre mitigations and obtain sensitive information from kernel memory. Specifically, for sequences of pointer arithmetic operations, the pointer modification performed by the first operation is not correctly accounted for when restricting subsequent operations (bnc#1184942).

CVE-2020-36310: Fixed an issue within arch/x86/kvm/svm/svm.c that allowed a set_memory_region_test infinite loop for certain nested page faults (bnc#1184512).

CVE-2021-28950: Fixed an issue within fs/fuse/fuse_i.h where a 'stall on CPU' could have occured because a retry loop continually finds the same bad inode (bnc#1184194, bnc#1184211).

CVE-2020-36322: Fixed an issue within the FUSE filesystem implementation where fuse_do_getattr() calls make_bad_inode() in inappropriate situations, causing a system crash. NOTE: the original fix for this vulnerability was incomplete, and its incompleteness is tracked as CVE-2021-28950 (bnc#1184211, bnc#1184952).

CVE-2021-3444: Fixed incorrect mod32 BPF verifier truncation (bsc#1184170).

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 Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP5 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP5-2021-1572=1

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 149456

File Name: suse_SU-2021-1572-1.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/13/2021

Updated: 1/2/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-3444


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: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-azure-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-syms-azure, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/12/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/20/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-36310, CVE-2020-36312, CVE-2020-36322, CVE-2021-28950, CVE-2021-29155, CVE-2021-29650, CVE-2021-3444