Aleksa Sarai, a senior software engineer at SUSE Linux GmbH, has disclosed a serious vulnerability tracked CVE-2019-5736 affecting
The vulnerability was discovered by the security researchers Adam Iwaniuk and Borys Popławski.
Such kind of vulnerabilities could have a significant impact on an IT environment, its exploitation could potentially escape containment, impacting the entire container host, ultimately compromising the hundreds-to-thousands of other containers running on it
“While there are very few incidents that could qualify as a doomsday scenario for enterprise IT, a cascading set of exploits affecting a wide range of interconnected production systems qualifies…and that’s exactly what this vulnerability represents,”
“The vulnerability allows a malicious container to (with minimal user interaction) overwrite the host
“The level of user interaction is being able to run any command (it doesn’t matter if the command is not attacker-controlled) as root within a container in either of these contexts:
Sarai, which is one of the maintainers of
Default configurations of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift are protected, Linux distros Debian and Ubuntu are working to address the issue. Both Google Cloud and AWS published security advisories to recommend customers to update containers on affected services.