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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Xen Vendors:   Xen Project
(Red Hat Issues Fix) Xen Virtio Request Processing Bug Lets Local Administrative Users on a Guest System Cause Denial of Service Conditions on the Host System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1036581
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1036581
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-5403   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 9 2016
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.4.x, 4.5.x, 4.6.x, 4.7.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Xen. A local administrative user on the guest system can cause denial of service conditions on the host system.

A local administrative user on the guest system can submit specially crafted virtio request to exceed the virtqueue limit and consume all available memory in QEMU to cause denial of service conditions on the host system.

HVM domains where virtio-net devices are provided to the guest system are affected.

ARM systems are not affected.

PV domains are not affected.

HVM domains running with QEMU stub domains are not affected.

Zhenhao Hong of the 360 Marvel Team reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local administrative user on the guest system can cause denial of service conditions on the host system.
Solution:   Red Hat has issued a fix.

The Red Hat advisory is available at:

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-1585.html

Vendor URL:  rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-1585.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Resource error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)
Underlying OS Comments:  6

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Jul 29 2016 Xen Virtio Request Processing Bug Lets Local Administrative Users on a Guest System Cause Denial of Service Conditions on the Host System



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [RHSA-2016:1585-01] Moderate: qemu-kvm security update

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Moderate: qemu-kvm security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2016:1585-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-1585.html
Issue date:        2016-08-09
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-5403 
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

An update for qemu-kvm is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact
of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which
gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from
the CVE link(s) in the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 6) - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node (v. 6) - x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6) - i386, ppc64, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6) - i386, x86_64

3. Description:

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for
Linux on AMD64 and Intel 64 systems. The qemu-kvm packages provide the
user-space component for running virtual machines using KVM.

Security Fix(es):

* Quick emulator(Qemu) built with the virtio framework is vulnerable to an
unbounded memory allocation issue. It was found that a malicious guest user
could submit more requests than the virtqueue size permits. Processing a
request allocates a VirtQueueElement and therefore causes unbounded memory
allocation on the host controlled by the guest. (CVE-2016-5403)

Red Hat would like to thank hongzhenhao (Marvel Team) for reporting this
issue.

4. Solution:

For details on how to apply this update, which includes the changes
described in this advisory, refer to:

https://access.redhat.com/articles/11258

After installing this update, shut down all running virtual machines. Once
all virtual machines have shut down, start them again for this update to
take effect.

5. Bugs fixed (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

1358359 - CVE-2016-5403 Qemu: virtio: unbounded memory allocation on host via guest leading to DoS

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.src.rpm

i386:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node (v. 6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.src.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.src.rpm

i386:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm

ppc64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.ppc64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.ppc64.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.src.rpm

i386:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.i686.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.491.el6_8.3.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://access.redhat.com/security/team/key/

7. References:

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2016-5403
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#moderate

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>. More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2016 Red Hat, Inc.
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