Amazon Linux AMI : libcap-ng (ALAS-2015-543)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84244


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


A flaw was found in the way seunshare, a utility for running executables under a different security context, used the capng_lock functionality of the libcap-ng library. The subsequent invocation of suid root binaries that relied on the fact that the setuid() system call, among others, also sets the saved set-user-ID when dropping the binaries' process privileges, could allow a local, unprivileged user to potentially escalate their privileges on the system.


Run 'yum update libcap-ng' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 84244

File Name: ala_ALAS-2015-543.nasl

Version: 2.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/06/18

Updated: 2018/04/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:libcap-ng, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:libcap-ng-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:libcap-ng-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:libcap-ng-python, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:libcap-ng-utils, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2015/06/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3215

ALAS: 2015-543