Amazon Linux AMI : python38 (ALAS-2023-1816)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 181224


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


The version of python38 installed on the remote host is prior to 3.8.5-1.10. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the ALAS-2023-1816 advisory.

- An issue was discovered in Python before 3.8.18, 3.9.x before 3.9.18, 3.10.x before 3.10.13, and 3.11.x before 3.11.5. It primarily affects servers (such as HTTP servers) that use TLS client authentication. If a TLS server-side socket is created, receives data into the socket buffer, and then is closed quickly, there is a brief window where the SSLSocket instance will detect the socket as not connected and won't initiate a handshake, but buffered data will still be readable from the socket buffer. This data will not be authenticated if the server-side TLS peer is expecting client certificate authentication, and is indistinguishable from valid TLS stream data. Data is limited in size to the amount that will fit in the buffer. (The TLS connection cannot directly be used for data exfiltration because the vulnerable code path requires that the connection be closed on initialization of the SSLSocket.) (CVE-2023-40217)

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


Run 'yum update python38' to update your system.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 181224

File Name: ala_ALAS-2023-1816.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/11/2023

Updated: 9/11/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 2.2


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-40217


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-debug, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-libs, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-test, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:python38-tools, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/30/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/25/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-40217

IAVA: 2023-A-0442