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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 71294


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


A flaw was found in the way ibutils handled temporary files. A local attacker could use this flaw to cause arbitrary files to be overwritten as the root user via a symbolic link attack.

It was discovered that librdmacm used a static port to connect to the ib_acm service. A local attacker able to run a specially crafted ib_acm service on that port could use this flaw to provide incorrect address resolution information to librmdacm applications.

This advisory updates the following packages to the latest upstream releases, providing a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous versions :

Several bugs have been fixed in the openmpi, mpitests, ibutils, and infinipath-psm packages.

The most notable changes in these updated packages from the RDMA stack are the following :

- Multiple bugs in the Message Passing Interface (MPI) test packages were resolved, allowing more of the mpitest applications to pass on the underlying MPI implementations.

- The libmlx4 package now includes dracut module files to ensure that any necessary custom configuration of mlx4 port types is included in the initramfs dracut builds.

- Multiple test programs in the perftest and qperf packages now work properly over RoCE interfaces, or when specifying the use of rdmacm queue pairs.

- The mstflint package has been updated to the latest upstream version, which is now capable of burning firmware on newly released Mellanox Connect-IB hardware.

- A compatibility problem between the openmpi and infinipath-psm packages has been resolved with new builds of these packages.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 71294

File Name: sl_20131121_RDMA_stack_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/12/10

Modified: 2013/12/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.3

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

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: 2013/11/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4516, CVE-2013-2561