Amazon Linux AMI : kernel (ALAS-2015-603)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 86634


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


A race condition in the IPC object implementation in the Linux kernel through 4.2.3 allows local users to gain privileges by triggering an ipc_addid call that leads to uid and gid comparisons against uninitialized data, related to msg.c, shm.c, and util.c.

Linux kernels built with the name spaces support(CONFIG_NAMESPACE) is vulnerable to a potential privilege escalation flaw. It could occur when a process within a container escapes the intended bind mounts to access the full file system. A privileged user inside a container could use this flaw to potentially gain full privileges on a system.

A NULL pointer dereference vulnerability was found in the Linux kernel's TCP stack, in net/netfilter/nf_nat_redirect.c in the nf_nat_redirect_ipv4() function. A remote, unauthenticated user could exploit this flaw to create a system crash (denial of service).


Run 'yum clean all' followed by 'yum update kernel' to update your system. You will need to reboot your system in order for the new kernel to be running.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 86634

File Name: ala_ALAS-2015-603.nasl

Version: 2.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/29/2015

Updated: 8/11/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:kernel-tools-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/27/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-2925, CVE-2015-7613, CVE-2015-8787, CVE-2017-1000253

ALAS: 2015-603

IAVB: 2017-B-0135-S