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Red Hat Security Advisory 2018-1658-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2018-1658-01
Posted May 23, 2018
Authored by Red Hat | Site access.redhat.com

Red Hat Security Advisory 2018-1658-01 - Kernel-based Virtual Machine is a full virtualization solution for Linux on a variety of architectures. The qemu-kvm packages provide the user-space component for running virtual machines that use KVM. Issues addressed include a bypass vulnerability.

tags | advisory, kernel, bypass
systems | linux, redhat
advisories | CVE-2018-3639
SHA-256 | 872e9d47acc5152e4b8f7cf7d0f191bf2c939299af86c08c2af7440f6ac724b2

Red Hat Security Advisory 2018-1658-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Important: qemu-kvm security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2018:1658-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2018:1658
Issue date: 2018-05-21
CVE Names: CVE-2018-3639
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

An update for qemu-kvm is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6
Advanced Update Support and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Telco Extended
Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact
of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,
which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability
from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server AUS (v. 6.6) - x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server TUS (v. 6.6) - x86_64

3. Description:

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a full virtualization solution for
Linux on a variety of architectures. The qemu-kvm packages provide the
user-space component for running virtual machines that use KVM.

Security Fix(es):

* An industry-wide issue was found in the way many modern microprocessor
designs have implemented speculative execution of Load & Store instructions
(a commonly used performance optimization). It relies on the presence of a
precisely-defined instruction sequence in the privileged code as well as
the fact that memory read from address to which a recent memory write has
occurred may see an older value and subsequently cause an update into the
microprocessor's data cache even for speculatively executed instructions
that never actually commit (retire). As a result, an unprivileged attacker
could use this flaw to read privileged memory by conducting targeted cache
side-channel attacks. (CVE-2018-3639)

Note: This is the qemu-kvm side of the CVE-2018-3639 mitigation.

Red Hat would like to thank Ken Johnson (Microsoft Security Response
Center) and Jann Horn (Google Project Zero) for reporting this issue.

4. Solution:

For details on how to apply this update, which includes the changes
described in this advisory, refer to:

https://access.redhat.com/articles/11258

After installing this update, shut down all running virtual machines. Once
all virtual machines have shut down, start them again for this update to
take effect.

5. Bugs fixed (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

1566890 - CVE-2018-3639 hw: cpu: speculative store bypass

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server AUS (v. 6.6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.src.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server TUS (v. 6.6):

Source:
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.src.rpm

x86_64:
qemu-guest-agent-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-img-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-debuginfo-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm
qemu-kvm-tools-0.12.1.2-2.448.el6_6.6.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://access.redhat.com/security/team/key/

7. References:

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2018-3639
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#important
https://access.redhat.com/security/vulnerabilities/ssbd

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>. More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2018 Red Hat, Inc.
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