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Category:CentOS Local Security Checks
Title:CentOS Update for xen CESA-2009:1472 centos5 i386
Summary:The remote host is missing an update for the 'xen'; package(s) announced via the referenced advisory.
The remote host is missing an update for the 'xen'
package(s) announced via the referenced advisory.

Vulnerability Insight:
Xen is an open source virtualization framework. Virtualization allows users
to run guest operating systems in virtual machines on top of a host
operating system.

The pyGrub boot loader did not honor the 'password' option in the grub.conf
file for para-virtualized guests. Users with access to a guest's console
could use this flaw to bypass intended access restrictions and boot the
guest with arbitrary kernel boot options, allowing them to get root
privileges in the guest's operating system. With this update, pyGrub
correctly honors the 'password' option in grub.conf for para-virtualized
guests. (CVE-2009-3525)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* rebooting para-virtualized guests sometimes caused those guests to crash
due to a race condition in the xend node control daemon. This update fixes
this race condition so that rebooting guests no longer potentially causes
them to crash and fail to reboot. (BZ#525141)

* due to a race condition in the xend daemon, a guest could disappear from
the list of running guests following a reboot, even though the guest
rebooted successfully and was running. This update fixes this race
condition so that guests always reappear in the guest list following a
reboot. (BZ#525143)

* attempting to use PCI pass-through to para-virtualized guests on certain
kernels failed with a 'Function not implemented' error message. As a
result, users requiring PCI pass-through on para-virtualized guests were
not able to update the xen packages without also updating the kernel and
thus requiring a reboot. These updated packages enable PCI pass-through for
para-virtualized guests so that users do not need to upgrade the kernel in
order to take advantage of PCI pass-through functionality. (BZ#525149)

All Xen users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct these issues. After installing the updated
packages, the xend service must be restarted for this update to take

Affected Software/OS:
xen on CentOS 5

Please install the updated packages.

CVSS Score:

CVSS Vector:

Cross-Ref: Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2009-3525
BugTraq ID: 36523
SuSE Security Announcement: SUSE-SR:2010:012 (Google Search)
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