Oracle Linux 7 : qemu-kvm (ELSA-2014-0704)

high Nessus Plugin ID 76737


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2014:0704 :

Updated qemu-kvm packages that fix one security issue and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having Moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on AMD64 and Intel 64 systems. The qemu-kvm packages provide a user-space component to run virtual machines using KVM.

An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the way QEMU's IDE device driver handled the execution of SMART EXECUTE OFFLINE commands.
A privileged guest user could use this flaw to corrupt QEMU process memory on the host, which could potentially result in arbitrary code execution on the host with the privileges of the QEMU process.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Prior to this update, a bug in the migration code caused the following error on specific machine types: after a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 guest was migrated from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 host to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 host and then restarted, the boot failed and the guest automatically restarted. Thus, the guest entered an endless loop. With this update, the migration code has been fixed and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 guests migrated in the aforementioned scenario now boot properly. (BZ#1091322)

* Due to a regression bug in the iSCSI driver, the qemu-kvm process terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault when the 'write same' command was executed in guest mode under the iSCSI protocol.
This update fixes the regression and the 'write same' command now functions in guest mode under iSCSI as intended. (BZ#1090978)

* Due to a mismatch in interrupt request (IRQ) routing, migration of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 guest from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 host to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 host could produce a call trace. This happened if memory ballooning and a Universal Host Control Interface (UHCI) device were used at the same time on certain machine types. With this patch, the IRQ routing mismatch has been amended and the described migration now proceeds as expected. (BZ#1090981)

* Previously, an internal error prevented KVM from executing a CPU hot plug on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 guest running on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 host. This update addresses the internal error and CPU hot plugging in the described scenario now functions correctly.

All qemu-kvm users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. After installing this update, shut down all running virtual machines. Once all virtual machines have shut down, start them again for this update to take effect.


Update the affected qemu-kvm packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 76737

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2014-0704.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/24/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libcacard, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libcacard-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:libcacard-tools, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:qemu-guest-agent, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:qemu-img, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:qemu-kvm, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:qemu-kvm-common, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:qemu-kvm-tools, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/OracleLinux, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/23/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/23/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-2894

BID: 66932

RHSA: 2014:0704