Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : libvirt vulnerabilities (USN-2404-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 79210


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Pavel Hrdina discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled locking when processing the virConnectListAllDomains command. An attacker could use this issue to cause libvirtd to hang, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3657)

Eric Blake discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled permissions when processing the qemuDomainFormatXML command. An attacker with read-only privileges could possibly use this to gain access to certain information from the domain xml file. (CVE-2014-7823).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libvirt-bin and / or libvirt0 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79210

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2404-1.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/12/2014

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/11/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/6/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3657, CVE-2014-7823

BID: 70210, 71095

USN: 2404-1