Scientific Linux Security Update : libvirt on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20130919)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 70015


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


libvirt invokes the PolicyKit pkcheck utility to handle authorization.
A race condition was found in the way libvirt used this utility, allowing a local user to bypass intended PolicyKit authorizations or execute arbitrary commands with root privileges. (CVE-2013-4311)

Note: With this update, libvirt has been rebuilt to communicate with PolicyKit via a different API that is not vulnerable to the race condition. The polkit SLSA-2013:1270 advisory must also be installed to fix the CVE-2013-4311 issue.

An invalid free flaw was found in libvirtd's remoteDispatchDomainMemoryStats function. An attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to crash libvirtd. (CVE-2013-4296)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- Prior to this update, the libvirtd daemon leaked memory in the virCgroupMoveTask() function. A fix has been provided which prevents libvirtd from incorrect management of memory allocations.

- Previously, the libvirtd daemon was accessing one byte before the array in the virCgroupGetValueStr() function.
This bug has been fixed and libvirtd now stays within the array bounds.

- When migrating, libvirtd leaked the migration URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) on destination. A patch has been provided to fix this bug and the migration URI is now freed correctly.

- Updating a network interface using virDomainUpdateDeviceFlags API failed when a boot order was set for that interface. The update failed even if the boot order was set in the provided device XML. The virDomainUpdateDeviceFlags API has been fixed to correctly parse the boot order specification from the provided device XML and updating network interfaces with boot orders now works as expected.

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 70015

File Name: sl_20130919_libvirt_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/20/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.3


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-client, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-lock-sanlock, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-python, 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: 9/19/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/30/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4296, CVE-2013-4311