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VirtualBox: Multiple vulnerabilities

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1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201001-04 / virtualbox-bin virtualbox-ose virtualbox-guest-additions virtualbox-ose-additions
Release Date January 13, 2010
Latest Revision January 13, 2010: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-emulation/virtualbox-bin < 3.0.12 >= 3.0.12 All supported architectures
app-emulation/virtualbox-ose < 3.0.12 >= 3.0.12 All supported architectures
app-emulation/virtualbox-guest-additions < 3.0.12 >= 3.0.12 All supported architectures
app-emulation/virtualbox-ose-additions < 3.0.12 >= 3.0.12 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #288836, #294678

Synopsis

Multiple vulnerabilities in VirtualBox were found, the worst of which allowing for privilege escalation.

2.  Impact Information

Background

The VirtualBox family provides powerful x86 virtualization products.

Description

Thomas Biege of SUSE discovered multiple vulnerabilities:

  • A shell metacharacter injection in popen() (CVE-2009-3692) and a possible buffer overflow in strncpy() in the VBoxNetAdpCtl configuration tool.
  • An unspecified vulnerability in VirtualBox Guest Additions (CVE-2009-3940).

Impact

A local, unprivileged attacker with the permission to run VirtualBox could gain root privileges. A guest OS local user could cause a Denial of Service (memory consumption) on the guest OS via unknown vectors.

3.  Resolution Information

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All users of the binary version of VirtualBox should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emulation/virtualbox-bin-3.0.12"

All users of the Open Source version of VirtualBox should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emulation/virtualbox-ose-3.0.12"

All users of the binary VirtualBox Guest Additions should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.3: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emulation/virtualbox-guest-additions-3.0.12"

All users of the Open Source VirtualBox Guest Additions should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.4: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emulation/virtualbox-ose-additions-3.0.12"

4.  References



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