USN-2409-1: QEMU vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2409-1

13th November, 2014

qemu, qemu-kvm vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in QEMU.

Software description

  • qemu - Machine emulator and virtualizer
  • qemu-kvm - Machine emulator and virtualizer

Details

Laszlo Ersek discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled memory in the vga
device. A malicious guest could possibly use this issue to read arbitrary
host memory. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10.
(CVE-2014-3615)

Xavier Mehrenberger and Stephane Duverger discovered that QEMU incorrectly
handled certain udp packets when using guest networking. A malicious guest
could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3640)

It was discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled parameter validation in
the vmware_vga device. A malicious guest could possibly use this issue to
write into memory of the host, leading to privilege escalation.
(CVE-2014-3689)

It was discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled USB xHCI controller live
migration. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of
service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2014-5263)

Michael S. Tsirkin discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled memory in the
ACPI PCI hotplug interface. A malicious guest could possibly use this issue
to access memory of the host, leading to information disclosure or
privilege escalation. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
(CVE-2014-5388)

James Spadaro discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled certain VNC
bytes_per_pixel values. An attacker having access to a VNC console could
possibly use this issue to cause a guest to crash, resulting in a denial of
service. (CVE-2014-7815)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 14.10:
qemu-system-misc 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-aarch64 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-x86 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-sparc 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-arm 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-ppc 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
qemu-system-mips 2.1+dfsg-4ubuntu6.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
qemu-system-misc 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-aarch64 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-x86 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-sparc 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-arm 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-ppc 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
qemu-system-mips 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.7
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
qemu-kvm 1.0+noroms-0ubuntu14.19
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.25

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2014-3615, CVE-2014-3640, CVE-2014-3689, CVE-2014-5263, CVE-2014-5388, CVE-2014-7815