Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : qemu, qemu-kvm vulnerabilities (USN-2439-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 80026


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Michael S. Tsirkin discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled certain parameters during ram load while performing a migration. An attacker able to manipulate savevm data could use this issue to possibly execute arbitrary code on the host. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 14.10. (CVE-2014-7840)

Paolo Bonzini discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled memory in the Cirrus VGA device. A malicious guest could possibly use this issue to write into memory of the host, leading to privilege escalation.

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.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 80026

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2439-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/12/15

Modified: 2017/03/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-kvm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-aarch64, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-arm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-mips, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-misc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-ppc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-sparc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-x86, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/12/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-7840, CVE-2014-8106

BID: 71477

OSVDB: 115343, 115344

USN: 2439-1