RHEL 6 : avahi (RHSA-2011:0779)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 54600
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated avahi packages that fix one security issue and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
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.
This update also fixes the following bug :
* Previously, the avahi packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 were not compiled with standard RPM CFLAGS; therefore, the Stack Protector and Fortify Source protections were not enabled, and the debuginfo packages did not contain the information required for debugging. This update corrects this issue by using proper CFLAGS when compiling the packages. (BZ#629954, BZ#684276)
All users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct these issues. After installing the update, avahi-daemon will be restarted automatically.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.