Privilege escalation in QEMU

Published: 2021-01-26
Risk Medium
Patch available NO
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-35517
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) Security restrictions bypass

EUVDB-ID: #VU50041

Risk: Medium


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-35517

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists within the virtio-fs shared file system daemon (virtiofsd). A remote privileged user of the guest operating system can create device special file in the shared directory and use it to r/w access host devices.


Cybersecurity Help is currently unaware of any official solution to address this vulnerability.

Vulnerable software versions

QEMU: 5.0.0 - 5.2.0

CPE2.3 External links

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