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1144883: CVE-2014-3610 kernel: kvm: noncanonical MSR writes
It was found that KVM's Write to Model Specific Register (WRMSR) instruction emulation would write non-canonical values passed in by the guest to certain MSRs in the host's context. A privileged guest user could use this flaw to crash the host.

Find out more about CVE-2014-3610 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue does not affect Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7. Future kvm package updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 may address this issue.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 5.5
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:L/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Low
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization 5 (kvm) RHSA-2015:0869 2015-04-22

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected
Unless explicitly stated as not affected, all previous versions of packages in any minor update stream of a product listed here should be assumed vulnerable, although may not have been subject to full analysis.


Red Hat would like to thank Lars Bull of Google and Nadav Amit for reporting this issue.
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