Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : libvirt vulnerabilities (USN-3576-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 106928


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Vivian Zhang and Christoph Anton Mitterer discovered that libvirt incorrectly disabled password authentication when the VNC password was set to an empty string. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass authentication, contrary to expectations. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-5008)

Daniel P. Berrange discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled validating SSL/TLS certificates. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain sensitive information. This issue only affected Ubuntu 17.10. (CVE-2017-1000256)

Daniel P. Berrange and Peter Krempa discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled large QEMU replies. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libvirt to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2018-5748)

Pedro Sampaio discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled the libnss_dns.so module. An attacker in a libvirt_lxc session could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.10. (CVE-2018-6764).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libvirt-bin and / or libvirt0 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 106928

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3576-1.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/21/2018

Updated: 9/18/2019

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

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


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/20/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/13/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5008, CVE-2017-1000256, CVE-2018-5748, CVE-2018-6764

USN: 3576-1