Amazon Linux 2 : microvm-kernel (ALASMICROVM-KERNEL-4.14-2023-002)

high Nessus Plugin ID 182061

Synopsis

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

Description

The version of microvm-kernel installed on the remote host is prior to 4.14.246-199.474. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ALAS2MICROVM-KERNEL-4.14-2023-002 advisory.

- u'Specifically timed and handcrafted traffic can cause internal errors in a WLAN device that lead to improper layer 2 Wi-Fi encryption with a consequent possibility of information disclosure over the air for a discrete set of traffic' in Snapdragon Auto, Snapdragon Compute, Snapdragon Connectivity, Snapdragon Consumer IOT, Snapdragon Industrial IOT, Snapdragon Mobile, Snapdragon Voice & Music, Snapdragon Wearables, Snapdragon Wired Infrastructure and Networking in APQ8053, IPQ4019, IPQ8064, MSM8909W, MSM8996AU, QCA9531, QCN5502, QCS405, SDX20, SM6150, SM7150 (CVE-2020-3702)

- A flaw was found in the KVM's AMD code for supporting SVM nested virtualization. The flaw occurs when processing the VMCB (virtual machine control block) provided by the L1 guest to spawn/handle a nested guest (L2). Due to improper validation of the int_ctl field, this issue could allow a malicious L1 to enable AVIC support (Advanced Virtual Interrupt Controller) for the L2 guest. As a result, the L2 guest would be allowed to read/write physical pages of the host, resulting in a crash of the entire system, leak of sensitive data or potential guest-to-host escape. This flaw affects Linux kernel versions prior to 5.14-rc7. (CVE-2021-3653)

- A flaw was found in the KVM's AMD code for supporting SVM nested virtualization. The flaw occurs when processing the VMCB (virtual machine control block) provided by the L1 guest to spawn/handle a nested guest (L2). Due to improper validation of the virt_ext field, this issue could allow a malicious L1 to disable both VMLOAD/VMSAVE intercepts and VLS (Virtual VMLOAD/VMSAVE) for the L2 guest. As a result, the L2 guest would be allowed to read/write physical pages of the host, resulting in a crash of the entire system, leak of sensitive data or potential guest-to-host escape. (CVE-2021-3656)

- A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's OverlayFS subsystem in the way the user mounts the TmpFS filesystem with OverlayFS. This flaw allows a local user to gain access to hidden files that should not be accessible. (CVE-2021-3732)

- A race problem was seen in the vt_k_ioctl in drivers/tty/vt/vt_ioctl.c in the Linux kernel, which may cause an out of bounds read in vt as the write access to vc_mode is not protected by lock-in vt_ioctl (KDSETMDE). The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality. (CVE-2021-3753)

- arch/x86/kvm/mmu/paging_tmpl.h in the Linux kernel before 5.12.11 incorrectly computes the access permissions of a shadow page, leading to a missing guest protection page fault. (CVE-2021-38198)

- drivers/net/ethernet/xilinx/xilinx_emaclite.c in the Linux kernel before 5.13.3 makes it easier for attackers to defeat an ASLR protection mechanism because it prints a kernel pointer (i.e., the real IOMEM pointer). (CVE-2021-38205)

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

Solution

Run 'yum update microvm-kernel' to update your system.

See Also

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/AL2/ALASMICROVM-KERNEL-4.14-2023-002.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2020-3702.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-3653.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-3656.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-3732.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-3753.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-38198.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/cve/html/CVE-2021-38205.html

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/faqs.html

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 182061

File Name: al2_ALASMICROVM-KERNEL-4_14-2023-002.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/27/2023

Updated: 9/28/2023

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

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.3

CVSS v2

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-2021-3656

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel-debuginfo-common-aarch64, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:microvm-kernel-headers, cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2

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: 9/14/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/8/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-3702, CVE-2021-3653, CVE-2021-3656, CVE-2021-3732, CVE-2021-3753, CVE-2021-38198, CVE-2021-38205