Scientific Linux Security Update : libvirt on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20141118)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 79331


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


An out-of-bounds read flaw was found in the way libvirt's qemuDomainGetBlockIoTune() function looked up the disk index in a non- persistent (live) disk configuration while a persistent disk configuration was being indexed. A remote attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to crash libvirtd or, potentially, leak memory from the libvirtd process.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way libvirt's virConnectListAllDomains() function computed the number of used domains. A remote attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to make any domain operations within libvirt unresponsive. (CVE-2014-3657)

It was found that when the VIR_DOMAIN_XML_MIGRATABLE flag was used, the QEMU driver implementation of the virDomainGetXMLDesc() function could bypass the restrictions of the VIR_DOMAIN_XML_SECURE flag. A remote attacker able to establish a read-only connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to leak certain limited information from the domain XML data. (CVE-2014-7823)

This update also fixes the following bug :

When dumping migratable XML configuration of a domain, libvirt removes some automatically added devices for compatibility with older libvirt releases. If such XML is passed to libvirt as a domain XML that should be used during migration, libvirt checks this XML for compatibility with the internally stored configuration of the domain. However, prior to this update, these checks failed because of devices that were missing (the same devices libvirt removed). As a consequence, migration with user-supplied migratable XML failed. Since this feature is used by OpenStack, migrating QEMU/KVM domains with OpenStack always failed. With this update, before checking domain configurations for compatibility, libvirt transforms both user-supplied and internal configuration into a migratable form (automatically added devices are removed) and checks those instead. Thus, no matter whether the user-supplied configuration was generated as migratable or not, libvirt does not err about missing devices, and migration succeeds as expected.

After installing the updated packages, libvirtd will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79331

File Name: sl_20141118_libvirt_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/19/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.2


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-client, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-lock-sanlock, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:libvirt-python, 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: 11/18/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/6/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3633, CVE-2014-3657, CVE-2014-7823