Scientific Linux Security Update : hypervkvpd on SL5.x i386/x86_64 (20130509)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 66371


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


A denial of service flaw was found in the way hypervkvpd processed certain Netlink messages. A local, unprivileged user in a guest (running on Microsoft Hyper-V) could send a Netlink message that, when processed, would cause the guest's hypervkvpd daemon to exit.

This update also fixes the following bug :

- The hypervkvpd daemon did not close the file descriptors for pool files when they were updated. This could eventually lead to hypervkvpd crashing with a 'KVP:
Failed to open file, pool: 1' error after consuming all available file descriptors. With this update, the file descriptors are closed, correcting this issue.

After installing the update, it is recommended to reboot all guest machines.


Update the affected hypervkvpd and / or hypervkvpd-debuginfo packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 66371

File Name: sl_20130509_hypervkvpd_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/10/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:hypervkvpd, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:hypervkvpd-debuginfo, 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: 5/9/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/27/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5532