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Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:48:03 -0700
From: Andy Lutomirski <>
To:, Petr Matousek <>
Subject: CVE-2014-3690: KVM DoS triggerable by malicious host userspace

[sorry for somewhat late notice -- I didn't notice that the patch was
public until just now]

KVM has a bug that allows malicious host user code that can open the
/dev/kvm device on a VMX (Intel) machine to DoS the system.  (In my
proof of concept, the DoS is a rather spectacular failure of the whole
system, although I haven't checked whether the kernel panics.  A more
refined exploit *might* be able to kill targetted user processes, but
it would be tricky and is subject to possibly unavoidable races that
are likely to take down the whole system.)

This is *not* triggerable by a guest, although a guest that can
compromise its host QEMU could use this bug to take down everything
else running on the host.

I would guess that all kernels that support VMX are vulnerable, but I
haven't tested old kernels.

The fix is here:

PoC available upon request, and I'll post it publicly in a few days,
because it's kind of fun to watch the fireworks.


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