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Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:53:41 +0200
From: Petr Matousek <>
Cc: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: CVE request: qemu-kvm: OOB memory access caused by negative vq

The virtio_queue_notify() function checks that the virtqueue number is
less than the maximum number of virtqueues.  A signed comparison is
used but the virtqueue number could be negative if a buggy or malicious
guest is run. This results in memory accesses outside of the virtqueue

To trigger this issue the attacker needs to issue 32bit write to Queue
Notify field of Virtio Header in the virtio pci config space even though
the field is 16bit only by specs. Qemu-kvm allows that for the moment
and provides whole 32bit value to the underlying functions.

Unprivileged guest user could use this flaw to crash the guest (denial
of service) or, possibly, escalate their privileges on the host.

Upstream patch:


Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team

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