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CVE-2014-3610

Published: 23 October 2014

The WRMSR processing functionality in the KVM subsystem in the Linux kernel through 3.17.2 does not properly handle the writing of a non-canonical address to a model-specific register, which allows guest OS users to cause a denial of service (host OS crash) by leveraging guest OS privileges, related to the wrmsr_interception function in arch/x86/kvm/svm.c and the handle_wrmsr function in arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c. A privileged guest user can use this flaw to crash the host. Enabling CONFIG_PARAVIRT when building the kernel mitigates this issue because wrmsrl() ends up invoking safe msr write variant.

From the Ubuntu Security Team

Lars Bull and Nadav Amit reported a flaw in how KVM (the Kernel Virtual Machine) handles noncanonical writes to certain MSR registers. A privileged guest user can exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (kernel panic) on the host.

Notes

AuthorNote
jdstrand
android kernels (flo, goldfish, grouper, maguro, mako and manta) are
not supported on the Ubuntu Touch 14.04 preview kernels
linux-lts-saucy no longer receives official support
linux-lts-quantal no longer receives official support
CVE disclosure was part of miscoordinated CRD (various (incomplete)
commits were publicly leaked by other vendors and upstream before the embargo
was lifted).
Updates for linux on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS were made available to users
on 2014/10/28 but due to a process error, USN publication did not happen
until 2014/10/30.
Updates for linux-lts-trusty on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS were made available
to users on 2014/10/29 but due to a process error, USN publication did not
happen until 2014/10/30.
Updates for linux on Ubuntu 14.10 were made available to users on
2014/10/28 but due to a process error, USN publication did not happen until
2014/10/31.
henrix
According to http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q4/438 a second commit is
required; however, commit 8b3c3104c3f4f706e99365c3e0d2aa61b95f969f is
just a 'nice to have', but not really fixing this CVE.
Priority

High

CVSS 3 base score: 5.5

Status

Package Release Status
linux
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid
Released (2.6.32-71.138)
precise
Released (3.2.0-72.107)
trusty
Released (3.13.0-39.66)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic
Released (3.16.0-24.32)
vivid Not vulnerable
(3.16.0-24.32)
wily Not vulnerable
(3.19.0-15.15)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.2.0-16.19)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-21.37)
zesty Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-22.24)
Patches:
Introduced by

6aa8b732ca01c3d7a54e93f4d701b8aabbe60fb7

Fixed by 854e8bb1aa06c578c2c9145fa6bfe3680ef63b23
linux-armadaxp
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was released [3.2.0-1641.59])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-aws
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1002.2)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1001.10)
yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-ec2
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid
Released (2.6.32-375.92)
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-flo
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
vivid Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
wily Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
xenial Ignored
(abandoned)
yakkety Ignored
(abandoned)
zesty Does not exist

linux-fsl-imx51
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Ignored
(reached end-of-life, does not affect buildd)
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-gke
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1003.3)
yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-goldfish
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
vivid Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
wily Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
xenial Ignored
(abandoned)
yakkety Ignored
(abandoned)
zesty Ignored
(abandoned)
linux-grouper
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-hwe
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-hwe-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-linaro-omap
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [abandoned])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-linaro-shared
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [abandoned])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-linaro-vexpress
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [abandoned])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-quantal
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [was pending [3.5.0-57.84~precise1] OEM release])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-lts-raring
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [was needs-triage now end-of-life])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-saucy
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [was pending [3.11.0-30.51~precise1] OEM release])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-lts-trusty
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise
Released (3.13.0-39.66~precise1)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-utopic
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was not-affected [3.16.0-25.33~14.04.2])
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-vivid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was not-affected [3.19.0-18.18~14.04.1])
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-wily
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was not-affected [4.2.0-18.22~14.04.1])
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-lts-xenial
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-13.29~14.04.1)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-maguro
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-mako
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
vivid Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
wily Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
xenial Ignored
(abandoned)
yakkety Ignored
(abandoned)
zesty Does not exist

linux-manta
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
vivid Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
wily Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-mvl-dove
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-qcm-msm
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Ignored
(abandoned)
precise Does not exist
(precise was ignored [abandoned])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist

linux-raspi2
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
vivid Does not exist

wily Not vulnerable
(4.2.0-1008.12)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.2.0-1013.19)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1009.10)
zesty Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-1013.15)
linux-snapdragon
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
wily Does not exist

xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1012.12)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1012.12)
zesty Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1029.32)
linux-ti-omap4
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
lucid Does not exist

precise Does not exist
(precise was released [3.2.0-1456.76])
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (3.18~rc2)
utopic Does not exist

vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

zesty Does not exist