Ubuntu 22.04 LTS / 23.10 : Linux kernel vulnerabilities (USN-6624-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 190123


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


The remote Ubuntu 22.04 LTS / 23.10 host has a package installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the USN-6624-1 advisory.

- Closing of an event channel in the Linux kernel can result in a deadlock. This happens when the close is being performed in parallel to an unrelated Xen console action and the handling of a Xen console interrupt in an unprivileged guest. The closing of an event channel is e.g. triggered by removal of a paravirtual device on the other side. As this action will cause console messages to be issued on the other side quite often, the chance of triggering the deadlock is not neglectable. Note that 32-bit Arm-guests are not affected, as the 32-bit Linux kernel on Arm doesn't use queued-RW-locks, which are required to trigger the issue (on Arm32 a waiting writer doesn't block further readers to get the lock). (CVE-2023-34324)

- An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel through 6.3.8. A use-after-free was found in ravb_remove in drivers/net/ethernet/renesas/ravb_main.c. (CVE-2023-35827)

- An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel before 6.5.9, exploitable by local users with userspace access to MMIO registers. Incorrect access checking in the #VC handler and instruction emulation of the SEV-ES emulation of MMIO accesses could lead to arbitrary write access to kernel memory (and thus privilege escalation). This depends on a race condition through which userspace can replace an instruction before the #VC handler reads it. (CVE-2023-46813)

- An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel through 6.5.9. During a race with SQ thread exit, an io_uring/fdinfo.c io_uring_show_fdinfo NULL pointer dereference can occur. (CVE-2023-46862)

- A null pointer dereference flaw was found in the nft_inner.c functionality of netfilter in the Linux kernel. This issue could allow a local user to crash the system or escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2023-5972)

- A null pointer dereference flaw was found in the Linux kernel API for the cryptographic algorithm scatterwalk functionality. This issue occurs when a user constructs a malicious packet with specific socket configuration, which could allow a local user to crash the system or escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2023-6176)

- A use-after-free flaw was found in the Linux Kernel due to a race problem in the unix garbage collector's deletion of SKB races with unix_stream_read_generic() on the socket that the SKB is queued on.

- A null pointer dereference vulnerability was found in nft_dynset_init() in net/netfilter/nft_dynset.c in nf_tables in the Linux kernel. This issue may allow a local attacker with CAP_NET_ADMIN user privilege to trigger a denial of service. (CVE-2023-6622)

- A denial of service vulnerability was found in tipc_crypto_key_revoke in net/tipc/crypto.c in the Linux kernel's TIPC subsystem. This flaw allows guests with local user privileges to trigger a deadlock and potentially crash the system. (CVE-2024-0641)

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


Update the affected kernel package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 190123

File Name: ubuntu_USN-6624-1.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/8/2024

Updated: 2/8/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-5972


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: cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:22.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:23.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1007-starfive, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1009-laptop, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1010-raspi, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1013-aws, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1013-gcp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1014-oem, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-1015-oracle, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-17-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-17-generic-64k, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-17-lowlatency, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-6.5.0-17-lowlatency-64k

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/7/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/18/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-34324, CVE-2023-35827, CVE-2023-46813, CVE-2023-46862, CVE-2023-5972, CVE-2023-6176, CVE-2023-6531, CVE-2023-6622, CVE-2024-0641

USN: 6624-1