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

Low Nessus Plugin ID 61656


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


The libvirt library is a C API for managing and interacting with the virtualization capabilities of Linux and other operating systems. In addition, libvirt provides tools for remote management of virtualized systems.

A flaw was found in libvirtd's RPC call handling. An attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could trigger this flaw with a specially crafted RPC command that has the number of parameters set to 0, causing libvirtd to access invalid memory and crash.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- Previously, repeatedly migrating a guest between two machines while using the tunnelled migration could cause the libvirt daemon to lock up unexpectedly. The bug in the code for locking remote drivers has been fixed and repeated tunnelled migrations of domains now work as expected.

- Previously, when certain system locales were used by the system, libvirt could issue incorrect commands to the hypervisor. This bug has been fixed and the libvirt library and daemon are no longer affected by the choice of the user locale.

All users of libvirt are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. After installing the updated packages, libvirtd will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 61656

File Name: sl_20120823_libvirt_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/24

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 3.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/08/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3445