Denial of service in QEMU

Published: 2020-12-02
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-27617
Exploitation vector Local network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Client/Desktop applications / Virtualization software

Vendor QEMU

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Reachable Assertion

EUVDB-ID: #VU48761

Risk: Medium


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-27617

CWE-ID: CWE-617 - Reachable Assertion

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to a reachable assertion within the eth_get_gso_type() function in net/eth.c in QEMU. A remote user with access to guest operating system can send specially crafted packet data that lacks a valid Layer 3 protocol, trigger an assertion failure and crash the QEMU process.


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Vulnerable software versions

QEMU: 4.2.1

CPE2.3 External links

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