Scientific Linux Security Update : net-snmp on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20140324)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 73177
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VPR Score: 3.6


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


A buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the decode_icmp_msg() function in the ICMP-MIB implementation processed Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) message statistics reported in the /proc/net/snmp file. A remote attacker could send a message for each ICMP message type, which could potentially cause the snmpd service to crash when processing the /proc/net/snmp file. (CVE-2014-2284)

This update also fixes the following bug :

- The snmpd service parses the /proc/diskstats file to track disk usage statistics for UCD-DISKIO-MIB::diskIOTable. On systems with a large number of block devices, /proc/diskstats may be large in size and parsing it can take a non-trivial amount of CPU time. With this update, Net-SNMP introduces a new option, 'diskio', in the /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf file, which can be used to explicitly specify devices that should be monitored. Only these whitelisted devices are then reported in UCD-DISKIO- MIB::diskIOTable, thus speeding up snmpd on systems with numerous block devices.

After installing this update, the snmpd service will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 73177

File Name: sl_20140324_net_snmp_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/25/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.6

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-libs, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-perl, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-python, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:net-snmp-utils, 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: 3/24/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/24/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-2284