Scientific Linux Security Update : avahi on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61038


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


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 Scientific 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.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61038

File Name: sl_20110519_avahi_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/05/19

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1002