Amazon Linux AMI : kernel (ALAS-2016-718)

high Nessus Plugin ID 91858
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Synopsis

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

Description

A flaw was discovered in processing setsockopt for 32 bit processes on 64 bit systems. This flaw will allow attackers to alter arbitary kernel memory when unloading a kernel module. This action is usually restricted to root-priveledged users but can also be leveraged if the kernel is compiled with CONFIG_USER_NS and CONFIG_NET_NS.
(CVE-2016-4997)

An out-of-bounds heap memory access leading to a Denial of Service, heap disclosure, or further impact was found in setsockopt(). The function call is normally restricted to root, however some processes with cap_sys_admin may also be able to trigger this flaw in privileged container environments. (CVE-2016-4998)

A vulnerability was found in the Linux kernel. The pointer to the netlink socket attribute is not checked, which could cause a NULL pointer dereference when parsing the nested attributes in function tipc_nl_publ_dump().

This allows local users to cause a DoS. (CVE-2016-4951)

A double free vulnerability was found in netlink_dump, which could cause a denial of service or possibly other unspecified impact.
(CVE-2016-9806)

(Updated on 2016-07-14: CVE-2016-4998 and CVE-2016-4951 were fixed in this version, but was not previously listed in this errata.)

(Updated on 2017-01-19: CVE-2016-9806 was fixed in this release but was previously not part of this errata.)

Solution

Run 'yum update kernel' to update your system.

See Also

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/ALAS-2016-718.html

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 91858

File Name: ala_ALAS-2016-718.nasl

Version: 2.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/28/2016

Updated: 4/11/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.5

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/24/2016

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Linux Kernel 4.6.3 Netfilter Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4951, CVE-2016-4997, CVE-2016-4998, CVE-2016-9806

ALAS: 2016-718