Amazon Linux 2 : flatpak (ALAS-2024-2538)

high Nessus Plugin ID 197109


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


The version of flatpak installed on the remote host is prior to 1.0.9-10. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the ALAS2-2024-2538 advisory.

- Flatpak is a system for building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on Linux. in versions before 1.10.9, 1.12.9, 1.14.6, and 1.15.8, a malicious or compromised Flatpak app could execute arbitrary code outside its sandbox. Normally, the `--command` argument of `flatpak run` expects to be given a command to run in the specified Flatpak app, optionally along with some arguments. However it is possible to instead pass `bwrap` arguments to `--command=`, such as `--bind`. It's possible to pass an arbitrary `commandline` to the portal interface `org.freedesktop.portal.Background.RequestBackground` from within a Flatpak app. When this is converted into a `--command` and arguments, it achieves the same effect of passing arguments directly to `bwrap`, and thus can be used for a sandbox escape. The solution is to pass the `--` argument to `bwrap`, which makes it stop processing options. This has been supported since bubblewrap 0.3.0. All supported versions of Flatpak require at least that version of bubblewrap. xdg- desktop-portal version 1.18.4 will mitigate this vulnerability by only allowing Flatpak apps to create .desktop files for commands that do not start with --. The vulnerability is patched in 1.15.8, 1.10.9, 1.12.9, and 1.14.6. (CVE-2024-32462)

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 flatpak' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 197109

File Name: al2_ALAS-2024-2538.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/15/2024

Updated: 5/15/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.1


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.2

Temporal Score: 4.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2024-32462


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.4

Temporal Score: 7.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:flatpak, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:flatpak-libs, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:flatpak-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:flatpak-devel, cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:flatpak-builder

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/9/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/18/2024

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2024-32462