VDB-94720 · CVE-2016-2197 · BID 82235

QEMU IDE AHCI Emulation null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability has been found in QEMU (Virtualization Software) (the affected version is unknown) and classified as problematic. This vulnerability affects an unknown part of the component IDE AHCI Emulation. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 01/29/2016. The weakness was published 12/29/2016 by Alibaba (Website). The advisory is shared for download at openwall.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2016-2197 since 01/29/2016. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 23 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 89599 (Fedora 23 : qemu-2.4.1-7.fc23 (2016-b49aaf2c56)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 168962 (OpenSuSE Security Update for qemu (openSUSE-SU-2016:1750-1)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (89599). Similar entries are available at 80761, 80762, 94718 and 94719.





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CPE 2.3info

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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 89599
Nessus Name: Fedora 23 : qemu-2.4.1-7.fc23 (2016-b49aaf2c56)
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OpenVAS ID: 880768
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for qemu USN-2891-1
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Recommended: Upgrade
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01/28/2016 🔍
01/29/2016 +1 days 🔍
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02/21/2016 +23 days 🔍
03/04/2016 +12 days 🔍
12/29/2016 +300 days 🔍
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12/30/2016 +1 days 🔍
10/12/2022 +2112 days 🔍


Product: qemu.org

Advisory: FEDORA-2016-b49aaf2c56
Researcher: Alibaba
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-2197 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 82235 - QEMU 'hw/ide/ahci.c' NULL Pointer Dereference Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 12/30/2016 10:29 AM
Updated: 10/12/2022 11:49 PM
Changes: 12/30/2016 10:29 AM (67), 07/22/2019 06:48 AM (11), 10/12/2022 11:49 PM (3)
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