RHEL 5 : avahi (RHSA-2011:0436)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 53400


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


Updated avahi packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Avahi is an implementation of the DNS Service Discovery and Multicast DNS specifications for Zero Configuration Networking. It facilitates service discovery on a local network. Avahi and Avahi-aware applications allow you to plug your computer into a network and, with no configuration, view other people to chat with, view printers to print to, and find shared files on other computers.

A flaw was found in the way the Avahi daemon (avahi-daemon) processed Multicast DNS (mDNS) packets with an empty payload. An attacker on the local network could use this flaw to cause avahi-daemon on a target system to enter an infinite loop via an empty mDNS UDP packet.

All users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the update, avahi-daemon will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 53400

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-0436.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/04/13

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-compat-howl, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-compat-howl-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-compat-libdns_sd, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-compat-libdns_sd-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-glib, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-glib-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-qt3, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-qt3-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:avahi-tools, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.6

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: 2011/04/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2011/02/22

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1002

BID: 46446

RHSA: 2011:0436