kmod, kvm security update

ID CESA-2012:0051
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2012-01-24T15:53:03


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2012:0051

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on AMD64 and Intel 64 systems. KVM is a Linux kernel module built for the standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel.

A heap overflow flaw was found in the way QEMU-KVM emulated the e1000 network interface card. A privileged guest user in a virtual machine whose network interface is configured to use the e1000 emulated driver could use this flaw to crash the host or, possibly, escalate their privileges on the host. (CVE-2012-0029)

A flaw was found in the way the KVM subsystem of a Linux kernel handled PIT (Programmable Interval Timer) IRQs (interrupt requests) when there was no virtual interrupt controller set up. A malicious user in the kvm group on the host could force this situation to occur, resulting in the host crashing. (CVE-2011-4622)

Red Hat would like to thank Nicolae Mogoreanu for reporting CVE-2012-0029.

All KVM users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. Note: The procedure in the Solution section must be performed before this update will take effect.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages: kmod-kvm kmod-kvm-debug kvm kvm-qemu-img kvm-tools

Upstream details at: