Synopsis: Moderate: spice-xpi security update
Issue Date: 2011-04-07
CVE Numbers: CVE-2011-0012
The Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE) is a
remote display protocol used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for viewing
virtualized guests running on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)
hypervisor, or on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor.
The spice-xpi package provides a plug-in that allows the SPICE client to
run from within Mozilla Firefox.
An uninitialized pointer use flaw was found in the SPICE Firefox plug-in.
If a user were tricked into visiting a malicious web page with Firefox
while the SPICE plug-in was enabled, it could cause Firefox to crash or,
possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running
It was found that the SPICE Firefox plug-in used a predictable name for one
of its log files. A local attacker could use this flaw to conduct a
symbolic link attack, allowing them to overwrite arbitrary files accessible
to the user running Firefox. (CVE-2011-0012)
Users of spice-xpi should upgrade to this updated package, which contains
backported patches to correct these issues. After installing the update,
Firefox must be restarted for the changes to take effect.
– Scientific Linux Development Team