Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS : libvirt vulnerability and update (USN-3680-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 110515


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security updates.


Ken Johnson and Jann Horn independently discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution of a memory read may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel attacks. An attacker in the guest could use this to expose sensitive guest information, including kernel memory. This update allows libvirt to expose new CPU features added by microcode updates to guests. (CVE-2018-3639)

Daniel P. Berrange discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled the QEMU guest agent. An attacker could possibly use this issue to consume resources, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2018-1064).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 110515

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3680-1.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/13/2018

Updated: 10/20/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-3639


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-clients, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon-driver-storage-gluster, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon-driver-storage-rbd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon-driver-storage-sheepdog, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon-driver-storage-zfs, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-daemon-system, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-sanlock, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt-wireshark, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvirt0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.04:-:lts, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnss-libvirt

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Debian/dpkg-l, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/12/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/28/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-1064, CVE-2018-3639

USN: 3680-1