virt-who (SL7)

Synopsis: Moderate: virt-who security, bug fix, and enhancement update
Advisory ID: SLSA-2015:0430-1
Issue Date: 2015-03-05
CVE Numbers: CVE-2014-0189

It was discovered that the /etc/sysconfig/virt-who configuration file,
which may contain hypervisor authentication credentials, was world-
readable. A local user could use this flaw to obtain authentication
credentials from this file. (CVE-2014-0189)

The virt-who package has been upgraded to upstream version 0.11, which
provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version.
The most notable bug fixes and enhancements include:

* Support for remote libvirt.

* A fix for using encrypted passwords.

* Bug fixes and enhancements that increase the stability of virt-who.

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Prior to this update, the virt-who agent failed to read the list of
virtual guests provided by the VDSM daemon. As a consequence, when in VDSM
mode, the virt-who agent was not able to send updates about virtual guests
to Subscription Asset Manager (SAM) and Satellite. With this
update, the agent reads the list of guests when in VDSM mode correctly and
reports to SAM and Satellite as expected.

* Previously, virt-who used incorrect information when connecting to
Satellite 5. Consequently, virt-who could not connect to Satellite 5
servers. The incorrect parameter has been corrected, and virt-
who can now successfully connect to Satellite 5.

* Prior to this update, virt-who did not decode the hexadecimal
representation of a password before decrypting it. As a consequence, the
decrypted password did not match the original password, and attempts to
connect using the password failed. virt-who has been updated to decode the
encrypted password and, as a result, virt-who now handles storing
credentials using encrypted passwords as expected.

In addition, this update adds the following enhancement:

* With this update, virt-who is able to read the list of guests from a
remote libvirt hypervisor.


– Scientific Linux Development Team