RHEL 6 : libvirt (RHSA-2014:0103)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 72196


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


Updated libvirt packages that fix two security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The libvirt library is a C API for managing and interacting with the virtualization capabilities of Linux and other operating systems. In addition, libvirt provides tools for remote management of virtualized systems.

A use-after-free flaw was found in the way several libvirt block APIs handled domain jobs. A remote attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to crash libvirtd or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the libvirtd process (usually root). (CVE-2013-6458)

A race condition was found in the way libvirtd handled keepalive initialization requests when the connection was closed prior to establishing connection credentials. An attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to crash libvirtd, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-1447)

This update also fixes the following bug :

* A race condition was possible between a thread starting a virtual machine with a guest agent configured (regular start-up or while migrating) and a thread that was killing the VM process (or the process crashing). The race could cause the monitor object to be freed by the thread that killed the VM process, which was later accessed by the thread that was attempting to start the VM, resulting in a crash.
This issue was fixed by checking the state of the VM after the attempted connection to the guest agent; if the VM in the meantime exited, no other operations are attempted. (BZ#1055578)

All libvirt users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. After installing the updated packages, libvirtd will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 72196

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-0103.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/01/29

Modified: 2018/01/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt-client, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt-lock-sanlock, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:libvirt-python, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/01/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-6458, CVE-2014-1447

BID: 64723, 64945

OSVDB: 101853, 102184

RHSA: 2014:0103