Scientific Linux Security Update : kvm on SL5.x x86_64 (20120123)

high Nessus Plugin ID 61222


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


KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on AMD64 and Intel 64 systems. KVM is a Linux kernel module built for the standard Scientific Linux kernel.

A heap overflow flaw was found in the way QEMU-KVM emulated the e1000 network interface card. A privileged guest user in a virtual machine whose network interface is configured to use the e1000 emulated driver could use this flaw to crash the host or, possibly, escalate their privileges on the host. (CVE-2012-0029)

A flaw was found in the way the KVM subsystem of a Linux kernel handled PIT (Programmable Interval Timer) IRQs (interrupt requests) when there was no virtual interrupt controller set up. A malicious user in the kvm group on the host could force this situation to occur, resulting in the host crashing. (CVE-2011-4622)

All KVM users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. Note: The procedure in the Solution section must be performed before this update will take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61222

File Name: sl_20120123_kvm_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.4

Vector: AV:A/AC:M/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kmod-kvm, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kmod-kvm-debug, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kvm, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kvm-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kvm-qemu-img, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kvm-tools, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 1/23/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/27/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4622, CVE-2012-0029