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Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:18:07 +0300
From: Michael Tokarev <>
 Mauro Matteo Cascella <>
Cc: Alexander Bulekov <>, ziming zhang <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2020-16092 QEMU: reachable assertion failure
 in net_tx_pkt_add_raw_fragment() in hw/net/net_tx_pkt.c

10.08.2020 11:25, Mauro Matteo Cascella wrote:
> Hello,
> An assertion failure issue was found in QEMU in the network packet
> processing component. This issue affects the "e1000e" and "vmxnet3"
> network devices. This flaw allows a malicious guest user or process to
> abort the QEMU process on the host, resulting in a denial of service
> condition.
> Upstream patch:
>   ->;a=commit;h=035e69b063835a5fd23cacabd63690a3d84532a8

Hmm. Is it really worth the effort to treat these things as security
issues? There are so many ways to crash a machine (be it virtual or
hardware), there are definitely countless ways to crash things from
within privileged code.. what's the security impact of a hardware
issue when, say, a driver code in the OS does a stupid thing and
the hardware locks up?



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