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Vulnerability of Xen: privilege elevation via QEMU Monitor

Synthesis of the vulnerability 

An administrator of a guest system can use a keyboard shortcut, in order to access to the QEMU Monitor console, so he can elevate his privileges on the host.
Vulnerable products: Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES, Unix (platform) ~ not comprehensive.
Severity of this weakness: 2/4.
Creation date: 07/09/2012.
Références of this bulletin: BID-55442, CERTA-2012-AVI-490, CVE-2012-4411, DSA-2543-1, FEDORA-2012-13434, FEDORA-2012-13443, openSUSE-SU-2012:1572-1, openSUSE-SU-2012:1573-1, SUSE-SU-2012:1486-1, SUSE-SU-2012:1487-1, SUSE-SU-2012:1503-1, SUSE-SU-2014:0446-1, VIGILANCE-VUL-11922.

Description of the vulnerability 

The QEMU Monitor console is used to:
 - obtain information on devices
 - change the configuration
 - etc.

This console is reachable using keys CTRL and ALT. However, this keyboard shortcut is not disabled from guest systems, which have a graphical console.

An administrator of a guest system can therefore use a keyboard shortcut, in order to access to the QEMU Monitor console, so he can elevate his privileges on the host.
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This threat alert impacts software or systems such as Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES, Unix (platform) ~ not comprehensive.

Our Vigil@nce team determined that the severity of this computer vulnerability bulletin is medium.

The trust level is of type confirmed by the editor, with an origin of user shell.

A proof of concept or an attack tool is available, so your teams have to process this alert. An attacker with a technician ability can exploit this weakness note.

Solutions for this threat 

Xen: version 4.1.4.
The version 4.1.4 is fixed:
  http://xen.org/download/index_4.1.4.html
Note: according to the announce, this version takes into account all vulnerabilities which have been announced on December, 03, 2012 except VIGILANCE-VUL-12206.

Xen: patch for QEMU Monitor.
A patch is available in information sources.

Debian: new xen-qemu-dm-4.0 packages.
New packages are available:
  xen-qemu-dm-4.0 4.0.1-2+squeeze2

Fedora: new xen packages.
New packages are available:
  xen-4.1.3-2.fc16
  xen-4.1.3-4.fc17

openSUSE 12: new xen packages.
New packages are available:
  openSUSE 12.1: xen-4.1.3_04-1.21.1
  openSUSE 12.2: xen-4.1.3_04-5.13.1

SUSE LE 10: new xen packages (16/11/2012).
New packages are available:
  xen-3.2.3_17040_42-0.7.2

SUSE LE 11: new libvirt packages.
New packages are available:
  libvirt-0.9.6-0.23.1

SUSE LE 11: new xen packages.
New packages are available:
  xen-4.1.3_04-0.5.1

SUSE LE 11 SP1: new xen packages.
New packages are available:
  SUSE LE 11: xen 4.0.3_21548_16-0.5.1
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