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USN-1831-1: OpenStack Nova vulnerability

16 May 2013

Nova could be made to crash the system if instances used a specially crafted image.

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Releases

Packages

  • nova - OpenStack Compute cloud infrastructure

Details

Loganathan Parthipan discovered that Nova did not verify the size of QCOW2
instance storage. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to cause a
denial of service by creating an image with a large virtual size with
little data, then filling the virtual disk.

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Ubuntu Pro provides ten-year security coverage to 25,000+ packages in Main and Universe repositories, and it is free for up to five machines.

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Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 13.04
Ubuntu 12.10
Ubuntu 12.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References