Scientific Linux Security Update : xen on SL5.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 61280


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


The xen packages contain administration tools and the xend service for managing the kernel-xen kernel for virtualization on Scientific Linux.

A heap overflow flaw was found in the way QEMU 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 QEMU or, possibly, escalate their privileges on the host. (CVE-2012-0029)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- Adding support for jumbo frames introduced incorrect network device expansion when a bridge is created. The expansion worked correctly with the default configuration, but could have caused network setup failures when a user-defined network script was used.
This update changes the expansion so network setup will not fail, even when a user-defined network script is used.

- A bug was found in xenconsoled, the Xen hypervisor console daemon. If timestamp logging for this daemon was enabled (using both the XENCONSOLED_TIMESTAMP_HYPERVISOR_LOG and XENCONSOLED_TIMESTAMP_GUEST_LOG options in '/etc/sysconfig/xend'), xenconsoled could crash if the guest emitted a lot of information to its serial console in a short period of time. Eventually, the guest would freeze after the console buffer was filled due to the crashed xenconsoled. Timestamp logging is disabled by default.

All xen users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61280

File Name: sl_20120307_xen_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2012/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.4

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/03/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0029