CentOS 5 : xen (CESA-2013:0241)

low Nessus Plugin ID 64511


The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated xen packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate 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.

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

A flaw was found in the way libxc, the Xen control library, handled excessively large kernel and ramdisk images when starting new guests.
A privileged guest user in a para-virtualized guest (a DomU) could create a crafted kernel or ramdisk image that, when attempting to use it during guest start, could result in an out-of-memory condition in the privileged domain (the Dom0). (CVE-2012-4544)

Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting this issue.

All users of xen are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which correct this issue. After installing the updated packages, the xend service must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected xen packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 64511

File Name: centos_RHSA-2013-0241.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/10/2013

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.0


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-4544

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xen, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xen-devel, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:xen-libs, cpe:/o:centos:centos:5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/7/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/31/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4544

BID: 56289

RHSA: 2013:0241