RHEL 6 : rhev-hypervisor6 (RHSA-2013:0579)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 78950


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated rhev-hypervisor6 package that fixes three security issues, various bugs, and adds an enhancement is now available.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important 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 rhev-hypervisor6 package provides a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor ISO disk image. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor is a dedicated Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. It includes everything necessary to run and manage virtual machines: A subset of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating environment and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Agent.

Note: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor is only available for the Intel 64 and AMD64 architectures with virtualization extensions.

A flaw was found in the way the vhost kernel module handled descriptors that spanned multiple regions. A privileged guest user could use this flaw to crash the host or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the host. (CVE-2013-0311)

It was found that the default SCSI command filter does not accommodate commands that overlap across device classes. A privileged guest user could potentially use this flaw to write arbitrary data to a LUN that is passed-through as read-only. (CVE-2012-4542)

It was discovered that dnsmasq, when used in combination with certain libvirtd configurations, could incorrectly process network packets from network interfaces that were intended to be prohibited. A remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service via DNS amplification attacks. (CVE-2012-3411)

The CVE-2012-4542 issue was discovered by Paolo Bonzini of Red Hat.

This updated package provides updated components that include fixes for several security issues. These issues had no security impact on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor itself, however. The security fixes included in this update address the following CVE numbers :

CVE-2012-3955 (dhcp issue)

CVE-2011-4355 (gdb issue)

CVE-2012-4508, CVE-2013-0190, CVE-2013-0309, and CVE-2013-0310 (kernel issues)

CVE-2012-5536 (openssh issue)

CVE-2011-3148 and CVE-2011-3149 (pam issues)

CVE-2013-0157 (util-linux-ng issue)

This updated Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor package also fixes the following bugs :

* Previously, the Administration Portal would always display the option to upgrade the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor ISO regardless of whether or not the selected host was up-to-date. Now, the VDSM version compatibility is considered and the upgrade message only displays if there is an upgrade relevant to the host available.

* An out of date version of libvirt was included in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor 6.4 package. As a result, virtual machines with supported CPU models were not being properly parsed by libvirt and failed to start. A more recent version of libvirt has been included in this updated hypervisor package. Virtual machines now start normally. (BZ#895078)

As well, this update adds the following enhancement :

* Hypervisor packages now take advantage of the installonlypkg function provided by yum. This allows for multiple versions of the hypervisor package to be installed on a system concurrently without making changes to the yum configuration as was previously required.

This update includes the ovirt-node build from RHBA-2013:0556 :


Users of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which fixes these issues and adds this enhancement.


Update the affected rhev-hypervisor6 package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 78950

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2013-0579.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/08

Modified: 2017/01/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:rhev-hypervisor6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6

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: 2013/02/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3411, CVE-2012-4542, CVE-2013-0311

BID: 54353, 58053, 58088

RHSA: 2013:0579