Scientific Linux Security Update : net-snmp on SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

A denial of service flaw was found in the way snmptrapd handled
certain SNMP traps when started with the '-OQ' option. If an attacker
sent an SNMP trap containing a variable with a NULL type where an
integer variable type was expected, it would cause snmptrapd to crash.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- The HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemProcesses object was not
implemented because parts of the HOST-RESOURCES-MIB
module were rewritten in an earlier version of net-snmp.
Consequently, HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrSystemProcesses did
not provide information on the number of currently
loaded or running processes. With this update,
HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrSystemProcesses has been
implemented, and the net-snmp daemon reports as

- The Net-SNMP agent daemon, snmpd, reloaded the system
ARP table every 60 seconds. As a consequence, snmpd
could cause a short CPU usage spike on busy systems with
a large APR table. With this update, snmpd does not
reload the full ARP table periodically, but monitors the
table changes using a netlink socket.

- Previously, snmpd used an invalid pointer to the current
time when periodically checking certain conditions
specified by the 'monitor' option in the
/etc/snmpd/snmpd.conf file. Consequently, snmpd
terminated unexpectedly on start with a segmentation
fault if a certain entry with the 'monitor' option was
used. Now, snmpd initializes the correct pointer to the
current time, and snmpd no longer crashes on start.

- Previously, snmpd expected 8-bit network interface
indices when processing
HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrDeviceTable. If an interface index
of a local network interface was larger than 30,000
items, snmpd could terminate unexpectedly due to
accessing invalid memory. Now, processing of all network
sizes is enabled, and snmpd no longer crashes in the
described situation.

- The snmpdtrapd service incorrectly checked for errors
when forwarding a trap with a RequestID value of 0, and
logged 'Forward failed' even though the trap was
successfully forwarded. This update fixes snmptrapd
checks and the aforementioned message is now logged only
when appropriate.

- Previously, snmpd ignored the value of the
'storageUseNFS' option in the /etc/snmpd/snmpd.conf
file. As a consequence, NFS drivers were shown as
'Network Disks', even though 'storageUseNFS' was set to
'2' to report them as 'Fixed Disks' in
HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrStorageTable. With this update,
snmpd takes the 'storageUseNFS' option value into
account, and 'Fixed Disks' NFS drives are reported

- Previously, the Net-SNMP python binding used an
incorrect size (8 bytes instead of 4) for variables of
IPADDRESS type. Consequently, applications that were
using Net-SNMP Python bindings could send malformed SNMP
messages. With this update, the bindings now use 4 bytes
for variables with IPADRESS type, and only valid SNMP
messages are sent.

- Previously, the snmpd service did not cut values in
HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrStorageTable to signed 32-bit
integers, as required by SNMP standards, and provided
the values as unsigned integers. As a consequence, the
HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrStorageTable implementation did
not conform to RFC 2790. The values are now cut to
32-bit signed integers, and snmpd is therefore standard

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 85202 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-3565

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