Scientific Linux Security Update : libvirt on SL5.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

The libvirt library is a C API for managing and interacting with the
virtualization capabilities of Linux and other operating systems.

An integer overflow flaw was found in libvirtd's RPC call handling. An
attacker able to establish read-only connections to libvirtd could
trigger this flaw by calling virDomainGetVcpus() with specially
crafted parameters, causing libvirtd to crash. (CVE-2011-2511)

This update fixes the following bugs :

- libvirt was rebased from version 0.6.3 to version 0.8.2
in Scientific Linux 5.6. A code audit found a minor API
change that effected error messages seen by libvirt
0.8.2 clients talking to libvirt 0.7.1 – 0.7.7
(0.7.x) servers. A libvirt 0.7.x server could send
VIR_ERR_BUILD_FIREWALL errors where a libvirt 0.8.2
client expected VIR_ERR_CONFIG_UNSUPPORTED errors. In
other circumstances, a libvirt 0.8.2 client saw a 'Timed
out during operation' message where it should see an
'Invalid network filter' error. This update adds a
backported patch that allows libvirt 0.8.2 clients to
interoperate with the API as used by libvirt 0.7.x
servers, ensuring correct error messages are sent.

- libvirt could crash if the maximum number of open file
descriptors (_SC_OPEN_MAX) grew larger than the
FD_SETSIZE value because it accessed file descriptors
outside the bounds of the set. With this update the
maximum number of open file descriptors can no longer
grow larger than the FD_SETSIZE value.

- A libvirt race condition was found. An array in the
libvirt event handlers was accessed with a lock
temporarily released. In rare cases, if one thread
attempted to access this array but a second thread
reallocated the array before the first thread reacquired
a lock, it could lead to the first thread attempting to
access freed memory, potentially causing libvirt to
crash. With this update libvirt no longer refers to the
old array and, consequently, behaves as expected.

- Guests connected to a passthrough NIC would kernel panic
if a system_reset signal was sent through the QEMU
monitor. With this update you can reset such guests as

- When using the Xen kernel, the rpmbuild command failed
on the xencapstest test. With this update you can run
rpmbuild successfully when using the Xen kernel.

- When a disk was hot unplugged, 'ret >= 0' was passed to
the qemuAuditDisk calls in disk hotunplug operations
before ret was, in fact, set to 0. As well, the error
path jumped to the 'cleanup' label prematurely. As a
consequence, hotunplug failures were not audited and
hotunplug successes were audited as failures. This was
corrected and hot unplugging checks now behave as

- A conflict existed between filter update locking
sequences and virtual machine startup locking sequences.
When a filter update occurred on one or more virtual
machines, a deadlock could consequently occur if a
virtual machine referencing a filter was started. This
update changes and makes more flexible several qemu
locking sequences ensuring this deadlock no longer

- qemudDomainSaveImageStartVM closed some incoming file
descriptor (fd) arguments without informing the caller.
The consequent double-closes could cause Domain
restoration failure. This update alters the
qemudDomainSaveImageStartVM signature to prevent the

This update also adds the following enhancements :

- The libvirt Xen driver now supports more than one serial

- Enabling and disabling the High Precision Event Timer
(HPET) in Xen domains is now possible.

All libvirt users should install this update which addresses this
vulnerability, fixes these bugs and adds these enhancements. After
installing the updated packages, libvirtd must be restarted ('service
libvirtd restart') for this update to take effect.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected libvirt, libvirt-devel and / or libvirt-python

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.0

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61090 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-2511

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