Ubuntu 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : libvirt vulnerability (USN-694-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 37984


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


It was discovered that libvirt did not mark certain operations as read-only. A local attacker may be able to perform privileged actions such as migrating virtual machines, adjusting autostart flags, or accessing privileged data in the virtual machine memory and disks.

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 37984

File Name: ubuntu_USN-694-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt0-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-libvirt, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/12/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5086

OSVDB: 50919

USN: 694-1