CentOS Update for xen CESA-2009:0003 centos5 i386

Published: 2011-08-09 06:20:34
CVE Author: NIST National Vulnerability Database

CVSS Base Vector:

The remote host is missing an update for the 'xen' Linux Distribution Package(s) announced via the referenced advisory.

Affected Versions:
xen on CentOS 5

Technical Details:
The xen Linux Distribution Packages contain the Xen tools and management daemons needed to manage virtual machines running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Xen was found to allow unprivileged DomU domains to overwrite xenstore values which should only be changeable by the privileged Dom0 domain. An attacker controlling a DomU domain could, potentially, use this flaw to kill arbitrary processes in Dom0 or trick a Dom0 user into accessing the text console of a different domain running on the same host. This update makes certain parts of the xenstore tree read-only to the unprivileged DomU domains. (CVE-2008-4405) It was discovered that the qemu-dm.debug script created a temporary file in /tmp in an insecure way. A local attacker in Dom0 could, potentially, use this flaw to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack. Note: This script is not needed in production deployments and therefore was removed and is not shipped with updated xen Linux Distribution Packages. (CVE-2008-4993) This update also fixes the following bug: * xen calculates its running time by adding the hypervisor's up-time to the hypervisor's boot-time record. In live migrations of para-virtualized guests, however, the guest would over-write the new hypervisor's boot-time record with the boot-time of the previous hypervisor. This caused time-dependent processes on the guests to fail (for example, crond would fail to start cron jobs). With this update, the new hypervisor's boot-time record is no longer over-written during live migrations. All xen users are advised to upgrade to these updated Linux Distribution Packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues. The Xen host must be restarted for the update to take effect.

Please install the updated Linux Distribution Packages.

Detection Type:
Linux Distribution Package

Solution Type:
Vendor Patch

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVD (National Vulnerability Database)




CVSS Score
CentOS Local Security Checks

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