Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 / 15.04 : qemu, qemu-kvm vulnerabilities (USN-2608-1) (Venom)

High Nessus Plugin ID 83435


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


Jason Geffner discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled the virtual floppy driver. This issue is known as VENOM. A malicious guest could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code on the host as the user running the QEMU process. In the default installation, when QEMU is used with libvirt, attackers would be isolated by the libvirt AppArmor profile. (CVE-2015-3456)

Daniel P. Berrange discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled VNC websockets. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause QEMU to consume memory, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04.

Jan Beulich discovered that QEMU, when used with Xen, didn't properly restrict access to PCI command registers. A malicious guest could use this issue to cause a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10. (CVE-2015-2756).

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: 83435

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2608-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.25 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/05/13

Modified: 2016/12/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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


Base Score: 8.6

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/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:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.04

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/05/13

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1779, CVE-2015-2756, CVE-2015-3456

BID: 72577, 73303

OSVDB: 119885, 120062, 122072

USN: 2608-1

IAVA: 2015-A-0115