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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 85202


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


A denial of service flaw was found in the way snmptrapd handled certain SNMP traps when started with the '-OQ' option. If an attacker sent an SNMP trap containing a variable with a NULL type where an integer variable type was expected, it would cause snmptrapd to crash.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- The HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrSystemProcesses object was not implemented because parts of the HOST-RESOURCES-MIB module were rewritten in an earlier version of net-snmp.
Consequently, HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrSystemProcesses did not provide information on the number of currently loaded or running processes. With this update, HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrSystemProcesses has been implemented, and the net-snmp daemon reports as expected.

- The Net-SNMP agent daemon, snmpd, reloaded the system ARP table every 60 seconds. As a consequence, snmpd could cause a short CPU usage spike on busy systems with a large APR table. With this update, snmpd does not reload the full ARP table periodically, but monitors the table changes using a netlink socket.

- Previously, snmpd used an invalid pointer to the current time when periodically checking certain conditions specified by the 'monitor' option in the /etc/snmpd/snmpd.conf file. Consequently, snmpd terminated unexpectedly on start with a segmentation fault if a certain entry with the 'monitor' option was used. Now, snmpd initializes the correct pointer to the current time, and snmpd no longer crashes on start.

- Previously, snmpd expected 8-bit network interface indices when processing HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrDeviceTable. If an interface index of a local network interface was larger than 30,000 items, snmpd could terminate unexpectedly due to accessing invalid memory. Now, processing of all network sizes is enabled, and snmpd no longer crashes in the described situation.

- The snmpdtrapd service incorrectly checked for errors when forwarding a trap with a RequestID value of 0, and logged 'Forward failed' even though the trap was successfully forwarded. This update fixes snmptrapd checks and the aforementioned message is now logged only when appropriate.

- Previously, snmpd ignored the value of the 'storageUseNFS' option in the /etc/snmpd/snmpd.conf file. As a consequence, NFS drivers were shown as 'Network Disks', even though 'storageUseNFS' was set to '2' to report them as 'Fixed Disks' in HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrStorageTable. With this update, snmpd takes the 'storageUseNFS' option value into account, and 'Fixed Disks' NFS drives are reported correctly.

- Previously, the Net-SNMP python binding used an incorrect size (8 bytes instead of 4) for variables of IPADDRESS type. Consequently, applications that were using Net-SNMP Python bindings could send malformed SNMP messages. With this update, the bindings now use 4 bytes for variables with IPADRESS type, and only valid SNMP messages are sent.

- Previously, the snmpd service did not cut values in HOST-RESOURCES- MIB::hrStorageTable to signed 32-bit integers, as required by SNMP standards, and provided the values as unsigned integers. As a consequence, the HOST-RESOURCES-MIB::hrStorageTable implementation did not conform to RFC 2790. The values are now cut to 32-bit signed integers, and snmpd is therefore standard compliant.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 85202

File Name: sl_20150722_net_snmp_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/08/04

Modified: 2015/08/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: 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: 2015/07/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3565