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1015259: CVE-2013-4401 libvirt: unintended API access due to incorrect permissions checks

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The virConnectDomainXMLToNative API function in libvirt 1.1.0 through 1.1.3 checks for the connect:read permission instead of the connect:write permission, which allows attackers to gain domain:write privileges and execute Qemu binaries via crafted XML. NOTE: some of these details are obtained from third party information.

Find out more about CVE-2013-4401 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of libvirt package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 7.4
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:M/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact Complete
Availability Impact Complete

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Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 libvirt Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 libvirt Not affected