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computer vulnerability CVE-2016-9602

QEMU: file corruption via 9pfs

Synthesis of the vulnerability

A local attacker can create a symbolic link, in order to access files with the privileges of QEMU on the host system.
Impacted products: Debian, openSUSE Leap, QEMU, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES, Ubuntu.
Severity: 1/4.
Creation date: 17/01/2017.
Revision date: 17/02/2017.
Identifiers: 1035, CVE-2016-9602, DLA-1035-1, DLA-965-1, openSUSE-SU-2017:1872-1, SUSE-SU-2017:1774-1, SUSE-SU-2017:2946-1, SUSE-SU-2017:2963-1, SUSE-SU-2017:2969-1, USN-3261-1, USN-3268-1, VIGILANCE-VUL-21595.

Description of the vulnerability

The QEMU product implements the filesystem from Plan 9 named "9pfs".

It may be used to share files between the host and process in the guest system in QEMU. However, when QEMU follows a symbolic link, it does not distinguish between filenames and directory names. This allows a guest process to open a non shared file on the host.

A local attacker can therefore create a symbolic link, in order to access files with the privileges of QEMU on the host system.
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