RHEL 7 : vdsm (RHSA-2019:1203)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 125193


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates for vdsm.


The remote Redhat Enterprise Linux 7 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the RHSA-2019:1203 advisory.

The VDSM service is required by a Virtualization Manager to manage the Linux hosts. VDSM manages and monitors the host's storage, memory and networks as well as virtual machine creation, other host administration tasks, statistics gathering, and log collection.

Security Fix(es):

* A flaw was found in the implementation of the fill buffer, a mechanism used by modern CPUs when a cache-miss is made on L1 CPU cache. If an attacker can generate a load operation that would create a page fault, the execution will continue speculatively with incorrect data from the fill buffer while the data is fetched from higher level caches. This response time can be measured to infer data in the fill buffer.

* Modern Intel microprocessors implement hardware-level micro-optimizations to improve the performance of writing data back to CPU caches. The write operation is split into STA (STore Address) and STD (STore Data) sub-operations. These sub-operations allow the processor to hand-off address generation logic into these sub-operations for optimized writes. Both of these sub-operations write to a shared distributed processor structure called the 'processor store buffer'. As a result, an unprivileged attacker could use this flaw to read private data resident within the CPU's processor store buffer. (CVE-2018-12126)

* Microprocessors use a load port subcomponent to perform load operations from memory or IO. During a load operation, the load port receives data from the memory or IO subsystem and then provides the data to the CPU registers and operations in the CPUs pipelines. Stale load operations results are stored in the 'load port' table until overwritten by newer operations. Certain load-port operations triggered by an attacker can be used to reveal data about previous stale requests leaking data back to the attacker via a timing side-channel. (CVE-2018-12127)

* Uncacheable memory on some microprocessors utilizing speculative execution may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable information disclosure via a side channel with local access. (CVE-2019-11091)

For more details about the security issue(s), including the impact, a CVSS score, acknowledgments, and other related information, refer to the CVE page(s) listed in the References section.

Tenable has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux security advisory.

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update the RHEL vdsm package based on the guidance in RHSA-2019:1203.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 125193

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2019-1203.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/16/2019

Updated: 6/3/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.0


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-11091


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-api, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-python, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-openstacknet, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-jsonrpc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-fcoe, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-cpuflags, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-macspoof, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-ethtool-options, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-gluster, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-nestedvt, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-client, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-vhostmd, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-yajsonrpc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-localdisk, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-extra-ipv4-addrs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-http, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-network, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-common, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-checkips, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vdsm-hook-vmfex-dev

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/14/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/30/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130, CVE-2019-11091

CWE: 226, 385

IAVA: 2019-A-0166

RHSA: 2019:1203