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CVE-2019-3887

Published: 09 April 2019

A flaw was found in the way KVM hypervisor handled x2APIC Machine Specific Rregister (MSR) access with nested(=1) virtualization enabled. In that, L1 guest could access L0's APIC register values via L2 guest, when 'virtualize x2APIC mode' is enabled. A guest could use this flaw to potentially crash the host kernel resulting in DoS issue. Kernel versions from 4.16 and newer are vulnerable to this issue.

From the Ubuntu security team

Marc Orr discovered that the KVM hypervisor implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly restrict APIC MSR register values when nested virtualization is used. An attacker in a guest vm could use this to cause a denial of service (host OS crash).

Priority

Medium

CVSS 3 base score: 5.6

Status

Package Release Status
linux
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.13.0-16.19)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.2.0-16.19)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(3.11.0-12.19)
Patches:
Introduced by 15303ba5d1cd9b28d03a980456c0978c0ea3b208
Fixed by acff78477b9b4f26ecdf65733a4ed77fe837e9dc
Introduced by c992384bde84fb2f0318bdb4f6c710605dd7a217
Fixed by c73f4c998e1fd4249b9edfa39e23f4fda2b9b041
linux-aws
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1001.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1001.10)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1002.2)
linux-aws-hwe
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1030.31~16.04.1)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-azure
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Released (4.18.0-1018.18~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.11.0-1009.9)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1023.24~14.04.1)
linux-azure-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Released (4.18.0-1018.18~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.11.0-1009.9)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-euclid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-9019.20)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-flo
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(abandoned)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-gcp
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1001.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.10.0-1004.4)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-gcp-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Released (4.18.0-1011.12~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-gke
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(end-of-life)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-goldfish
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(end-of-life)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-grouper
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-hwe
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Released (4.18.0-20.21~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-hwe-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(5.0.0-15.16~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-kvm
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.2)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1004.9)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-lts-trusty
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-lts-utopic
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [end-of-life])
linux-lts-vivid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [end-of-life])
linux-lts-wily
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [end-of-life])
linux-lts-xenial
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-13.29~14.04.1)
linux-maguro
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-mako
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(abandoned)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-manta
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-oem
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.3)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(was needs-triage now end-of-life)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-oracle
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1007.9)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1007.9~16.04.1)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-raspi2
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.13.0-1005.5)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.2.0-1013.19)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-snapdragon
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (5.1~rc4)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1077.82)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1012.12)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

Notes

AuthorNote
tyhicks
Ubuntu kernels do not enable nested KVM virtualization by default and
are unaffected by this flaw in the default configuration. However, installing
QEMU results in nested KVM support to be enabled via the
/etc/modprobe.d/qemu-system-x86.conf file. To ensure that nested
virtualization is not enabled, verify that the
/sys/module/kvm_intel/parameters/nested file contains "N".

References