RHEL 6 : rhev-hypervisor6 (RHSA-2015:0126) (GHOST)

High Nessus Plugin ID 81200


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated rhev-hypervisor6 package that fixes multiple security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical 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 heap-based buffer overflow was found in glibc's
__nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() glibc function calls. A remote attacker able to make an application call either of these functions could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application. (CVE-2015-0235)

A race condition flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's KVM subsystem handled PIT (Programmable Interval Timer) emulation. A guest user who has access to the PIT I/O ports could use this flaw to crash the host. (CVE-2014-3611)

A flaw was found in the way OpenSSL handled fragmented handshake packets. A man-in-the-middle attacker could use this flaw to force a TLS/SSL server using OpenSSL to use TLS 1.0, even if both the client and the server supported newer protocol versions. (CVE-2014-3511)

A memory leak flaw was found in the way an OpenSSL handled failed session ticket integrity checks. A remote attacker could exhaust all available memory of an SSL/TLS or DTLS server by sending a large number of invalid session tickets to that server. (CVE-2014-3567)

It was found that the Linux kernel's KVM subsystem did not handle the VM exits gracefully for the invept (Invalidate Translations Derived from EPT) and invvpid (Invalidate Translations Based on VPID) instructions. On hosts with an Intel processor and invept/invppid VM exit support, an unprivileged guest user could use these instructions to crash the guest. (CVE-2014-3645, CVE-2014-3646)

Red Hat would like to thank Qualys for reporting the CVE-2015-0235 issue, Lars Bull of Google for reporting the CVE-2014-3611 issue, and the Advanced Threat Research team at Intel Security for reporting the CVE-2014-3645 and CVE-2014-3646 issues.

Users of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor are advised to upgrade to this updated package.


Update the affected rhev-hypervisor6 package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 81200

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-0126.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/02/06

Modified: 2017/10/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.6

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/02/04

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Exim GHOST (glibc gethostbyname) Buffer Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3511, CVE-2014-3567, CVE-2014-3611, CVE-2014-3645, CVE-2014-3646, CVE-2015-0235

BID: 70743, 70745, 70746

OSVDB: 109896, 113374, 113729, 113730, 113731, 117579

RHSA: 2015:0126