Debian DSA-2543-1 : xen-qemu-dm-4.0 - multiple vulnerabilities

high Nessus Plugin ID 62014


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in xen-qemu-dm-4.0, the Xen QEMU Device Model virtual machine hardware emulator. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

- CVE-2012-3515 :
The device model for HVM domains does not properly handle VT100 escape sequences when emulating certain devices with a virtual console backend. An attacker within a guest with access to the vulnerable virtual console could overwrite memory of the device model and escalate privileges to that of the device model process.

- CVE-2012-4411 :
The QEMU monitor was enabled by default, allowing administrators of a guest to access resources of the host, possibly escalate privileges or access resources belonging to another guest.


Upgrade the xen-qemu-dm-4.0 packages.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), these problems have been fixed in version 4.0.1-2+squeeze2.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 62014

File Name: debian_DSA-2543.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/10/2012

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:xen-qemu-dm-4.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/8/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3515, CVE-2012-4411

BID: 55442

DSA: 2543