Denial of service in QEMU



Published: 2020-12-02
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-27617
CWE ID CWE-617
Exploitation vector Local network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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QEMU
Client/Desktop applications / Virtualization software

Vendor QEMU

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Reachable Assertion

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.4 [CVSS:3.1/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-27617

CWE-ID: CWE-617 - Reachable Assertion

Exploit availability: No

Description

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.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

QEMU: 4.2.1

CPE External links

http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2020/11/02/1
https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2020/11/msg00047.html
https://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2020-10/msg05731.html

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the local network (LAN).

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to open a a specially crafted file.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.



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