Rocky Linux 8 : kernel (RLSA-2021:2168)

high Nessus Plugin ID 157742


The remote Rocky Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The remote Rocky Linux 8 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the RLSA-2021:2168 advisory.

- A flaw was found in the Linux kernel in versions before 5.12. The value of internal.ndata, in the KVM API, is mapped to an array index, which can be updated by a user process at anytime which could lead to an out- of-bounds write. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data integrity and system availability.

- A flaw null pointer dereference in the Nitro Enclaves kernel driver was found in the way that Enclaves VMs forces closures on the enclave file descriptor. A local user of a host machine could use this flaw to crash the system or escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2021-3543)

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 157742

File Name: rocky_linux_RLSA-2021-2168.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Published: 2/9/2022

Updated: 11/6/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-3543


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.1

Temporal Score: 6.2

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-3501

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-aarch64, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-modules, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-modules-extra, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-tools, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-tools-libs, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-tools-libs-devel, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:python3-perf, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:python3-perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:rocky:linux:8, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:bpftool, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:bpftool-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-abi-stablelists, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-core, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-cross-headers, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug-core, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug-modules, p-cpe:/a:rocky:linux:kernel-debug-modules-extra

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/22/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/6/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-3501, CVE-2021-3543