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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 62506


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 use this flaw to crash libvirtd by sending an RPC message that has an event as the RPC number, or an RPC number that falls into a gap in the RPC dispatch table. (CVE-2012-4423)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- When the host_uuid option was present in the libvirtd.conf file, the augeas libvirt lens was unable to parse the file. This bug has been fixed and the augeas libvirt lens now parses libvirtd.conf as expected in the described scenario.

- Disk hot plug is a two-part action: the qemuMonitorAddDrive() call is followed by the qemuMonitorAddDevice() call. When the first part succeeded but the second one failed, libvirt failed to roll back the first part and the device remained in use even though the disk hot plug failed. With this update, the rollback for the drive addition is properly performed in the described scenario and disk hot plug now works as expected.

- When a virtual machine was started with an image chain using block devices and a block rebase operation was issued, the operation failed on completion in the blockJobAbort() function. This update relabels and configures cgroups for the backing files and the rebase operation now succeeds.

After installing the updated packages, libvirtd will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 62506

File Name: sl_20121011_libvirt_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/10/12

Modified: 2012/11/20

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/10/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4423