Privilege escalation via emulated floppy disk drive

ID XSA-133
Type xen
Reporter Xen Project
Modified 2015-05-13T11:15:00



The code in qemu which emulates a floppy disk controller did not correctly bounds check accesses to an array and therefore was vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack.


A guest which has access to an emulated floppy device can exploit this vulnerability to take over the qemu process elevating its privilege to that of the qemu process.


All Xen systems running x86 HVM guests without stubdomains are vulnerable to this depending on the specific guest configuration. The default configuration is vulnerable. Guests using either the traditional "qemu-xen" or upstream qemu device models are vulnerable. Guests using a qemu-dm stubdomain to run the device model are only vulnerable to takeover of that service domain. Systems running only x86 PV guests are not vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable.