Moderate CentOS libvirt Update


libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm, libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.src.rpm, libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm, libvirt-client-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm, libvirt-client-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm, libvirt-devel-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm, libvirt-devel-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm, libvirt-lock-sanlock-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm, libvirt-python-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm, libvirt-python-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm,
2018-01-18 11:05
2017-07-27 19:05
2017-04-01 19:07
2017-01-05 20:11


Updated libvirt packages that fix one security issue and two bugs are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate
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 libvirt library is a C API for managing and interacting with the
virtualization capabilities of Linux and other operating systems. In
addition, libvirt provides tools for remote management of virtualized

It was found that libvirtd leaked file descriptors when listing all volumes
for a particular pool. A remote attacker able to establish a read-only
connection to libvirtd could use this flaw to cause libvirtd to consume all
available file descriptors, preventing other users from using libvirtd
services (such as starting a new guest) until libvirtd is restarted.

Red Hat would like to thank Edoardo Comar of IBM for reporting this issue.

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Previously, libvirt made control group (cgroup) requests on files that
it should not have. With older kernels, such nonsensical cgroup requests
were ignored; however, newer kernels are stricter, resulting in libvirt
logging spurious warnings and failures to the libvirtd and audit logs. The
audit log failures displayed by the ausearch tool were similar to the

root [date] - failed cgroup allow path rw /dev/kqemu

With this update, libvirt no longer attempts the nonsensical cgroup
actions, leaving only valid attempts in the libvirtd and audit logs (making
it easier to search for real cases of failure). (BZ#958837)

* Previously, libvirt used the wrong variable when constructing audit
messages. This led to invalid audit messages, causing ausearch to format
certain entries as having "path=(null)" instead of the correct path. This
could prevent ausearch from locating events related to cgroup device ACL
modifications for guests managed by libvirt. With this update, the audit
messages are generated correctly, preventing loss of audit coverage.

All users of libvirt are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain backported patches to correct these issues. After installing
the updated packages, libvirtd will be restarted automatically.
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Affected package information

Release Package Patched in
6 libvirt libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm
libvirt libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.src.rpm
libvirt libvirt-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm
libvirt-client libvirt-client-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm
libvirt-client libvirt-client-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm
libvirt-devel libvirt-devel-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm
libvirt-devel libvirt-devel-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm
libvirt-lock-sanlock libvirt-lock-sanlock-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm
libvirt-python libvirt-python-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.i686.rpm
libvirt-python libvirt-python-0.10.2-18.el6_4.5.x86_64.rpm