Important CentOS kvm Update


kmod-kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm, kmod-kvm-debug-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm, kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.src.rpm, kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm, kvm-qemu-img-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm, kvm-tools-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm
CVE-2013-1796, CVE-2013-1797, CVE-2013-1798,
2017-07-27 19:05
CVE-2013-1797 linux
CVE-2013-1796 linux
CVE-2013-1798 linux
2017-04-01 19:07
2017-01-05 20:11


Updated kvm packages that fix three security issues are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each
vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

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 flaw was found in the way KVM handled guest time updates when the buffer
the guest registered by writing to the MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME machine state
register (MSR) crossed a page boundary. A privileged guest user could use
this flaw to crash the host or, potentially, escalate their privileges,
allowing them to execute arbitrary code at the host kernel level.

A potential use-after-free flaw was found in the way KVM handled guest time
updates when the GPA (guest physical address) the guest registered by
writing to the MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME machine state register (MSR) fell into a
movable or removable memory region of the hosting user-space process (by
default, QEMU-KVM) on the host. If that memory region is deregistered from
KVM using KVM_SET_USER_MEMORY_REGION and the allocated virtual memory
reused, a privileged guest user could potentially use this flaw to
escalate their privileges on the host. (CVE-2013-1797)

A flaw was found in the way KVM emulated IOAPIC (I/O Advanced Programmable
Interrupt Controller). A missing validation check in the
ioapic_read_indirect() function could allow a privileged guest user to
crash the host, or read a substantial portion of host kernel memory.

Red Hat would like to thank Andrew Honig of Google for reporting all of
these issues.

All users of kvm are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain backported patches to correct these issues. Note that the procedure
in the Solution section must be performed before this update will take
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Affected package information

Release Package Patched in
5 kmod-kvm kmod-kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm
kmod-kvm-debug kmod-kvm-debug-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm
kvm kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.src.rpm
kvm kvm-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm
kvm-qemu-img kvm-qemu-img-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm
kvm-tools kvm-tools-83-262.el5.centos.3.x86_64.rpm