kvm (SL5)

Synopsis: Moderate: kvm security and bug fix update
Issue Date: 2012-05-21
CVE Numbers: CVE-2012-1601

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 the KVM_CREATE_IRQCHIP ioctl was handled.
Calling this ioctl when at least one virtual CPU (VCPU) already existed
could lead to a NULL pointer dereference later when the VCPU is scheduled
to run. A malicious user in the kvm group on the host could use this flaw
to crash the host. (CVE-2012-1601)

A flaw was found in the way device memory was handled during guest device
removal. Upon successful device removal, memory used by the device was not
properly unmapped from the corresponding IOMMU or properly released from
the kernel, leading to a memory leak. A malicious user in the kvm group on
the host who has the ability to assign a device to a guest could use this
flaw to crash the host. (CVE-2012-2121)

This update also fixes the following bug:

* An off-by-one error in the QEMU guest’s memory management could, in rare
cases, cause QEMU-KVM to crash due to a segmentation fault in
tb_invalidate_phys_page_range() if a device initiated DMA into a specific
guest address. In a reported case, this issue presented on a system that
had a guest using the 8139cp network driver. (BZ#816207)

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


– Scientific Linux Development Team