Amazon Linux 2 : ansible (ALASANSIBLE2-2023-009)

high Nessus Plugin ID 182053


The remote Amazon Linux 2 host is missing a security update.


The version of ansible installed on the remote host is prior to 2.9.5-1. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ALAS2ANSIBLE2-2023-009 advisory.

- A flaw was found in the solaris_zone module from the Ansible Community modules. When setting the name for the zone on the Solaris host, the zone name is checked by listing the process with the 'ps' bare command on the remote machine. An attacker could take advantage of this flaw by crafting the name of the zone and executing arbitrary commands in the remote host. Ansible Engine 2.7.15, 2.8.7, and 2.9.2 as well as previous versions are affected. (CVE-2019-14904)

- A vulnerability was found in Ansible Engine versions 2.9.x before 2.9.3, 2.8.x before 2.8.8, 2.7.x before 2.7.16 and earlier, where in Ansible's nxos_file_copy module can be used to copy files to a flash or bootflash on NXOS devices. Malicious code could craft the filename parameter to perform OS command injections. This could result in a loss of confidentiality of the system among other issues.

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 ansible' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 182053

File Name: al2_ALASANSIBLE2-2023-009.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/27/2023

Updated: 9/27/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.1

Temporal Score: 4.5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-14904


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.3

Temporal Score: 6.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ansible, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ansible-doc, cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/21/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/20/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-14904, CVE-2019-14905