RHEL 5 : kvm (RHSA-2011:0028)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 63968


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated kvm packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

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 Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel.

A data structure field in kvm_vcpu_ioctl_x86_get_vcpu_events() in QEMU-KVM was not initialized properly before being copied to user-space. A privileged host user with access to '/dev/kvm' could use this flaw to leak kernel stack memory to user-space. (CVE-2010-4525)

Red Hat would like to thank Stephan Mueller of atsec information security for reporting this issue.

These updated packages also fix several bugs. Documentation for these bug fixes will be available shortly in the 'kvm' section of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Technical Notes, linked to in the References.

All KVM users should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve this issue as well as fixing the bugs noted in the Technical Notes.
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: Low

ID: 63968

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2011-0028.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/01/24

Modified: 2017/01/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 1.9

Temporal Score: 1.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kmod-kvm, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kmod-kvm-debug, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kvm, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kvm-qemu-img, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kvm-tools, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/01/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4525

BID: 45676

RHSA: 2011:0028