RHEL 5 : xen (RHSA-2015:2065)

High Nessus Plugin ID 86893


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated xen packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

The xen packages contain administration tools and the xend service for managing the kernel-xen kernel for virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

A heap buffer overflow flaw was found in the way QEMU's NE2000 NIC emulation implementation handled certain packets received over the network. A privileged user inside a guest could use this flaw to crash the QEMU instance (denial of service) or potentially execute arbitrary code on the host. (CVE-2015-5279)

Red Hat would like to thank Qinghao Tang of QIHU 360 Inc. for reporting this issue.

All xen users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the updated packages, all running fully-virtualized guests must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 86893

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-2065.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/11/17

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:U/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xen, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xen-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xen-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xen-libs, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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: 2015/11/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5279

OSVDB: 127494

RHSA: 2015:2065