RHEL 6 : kexec-tools (RHSA-2011:1532)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 57013


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


An updated kexec-tools package that fixes three security issues, various bugs, and adds enhancements is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

Kexec allows for booting a Linux kernel from the context of an already running kernel.

Kdump used the SSH (Secure Shell) 'StrictHostKeyChecking=no' option when dumping to SSH targets, causing the target kdump server's SSH host key not to be checked. This could make it easier for a man-in-the-middle attacker on the local network to impersonate the kdump SSH target server and possibly gain access to sensitive information in the vmcore dumps. (CVE-2011-3588)

mkdumprd created initrd files with world-readable permissions. A local user could possibly use this flaw to gain access to sensitive information, such as the private SSH key used to authenticate to a remote server when kdump was configured to dump to an SSH target.

mkdumprd included unneeded sensitive files (such as all files from the '/root/.ssh/' directory and the host's private SSH keys) in the resulting initrd. This could lead to an information leak when initrd files were previously created with world-readable permissions. Note:
With this update, only the SSH client configuration, known hosts files, and the SSH key configured via the newly introduced sshkey option in '/etc/kdump.conf' are included in the initrd. The default is the key generated when running the 'service kdump propagate' command, '/root/.ssh/kdump_id_rsa'. (CVE-2011-3590)

Red Hat would like to thank Kevan Carstensen for reporting these issues.

This update also fixes several bugs and adds various enhancements.
Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this advisory.
Documentation for these bug fixes and enhancements will be available shortly from the Technical Notes document, linked to in the References section.

All kexec-tools users should upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to resolve these issues and add these enhancements.


Update the affected kexec-tools and / or kexec-tools-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 57013

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-1532.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/12/06

Modified: 2017/08/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.7

Temporal Score: 4.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kexec-tools, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kexec-tools-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/12/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3588, CVE-2011-3589, CVE-2011-3590

BID: 50415, 50416, 50420

OSVDB: 78051, 78052, 78053

RHSA: 2011:1532