CVE-2021-20263 log

Severity Medium
Remote No
Type Privilege escalation
A security issue was found in in the virtio-fs shared file system daemon (virtiofsd) of QEMU. Virtio-fs is meant to share a host file system directory with a guest virtual machine. The new 'xattrmap' option may cause the 'security.capability' xattr in the guest to not drop on file write, potentially leading to a modified, privileged executable in the guest. In rare circumstances, this flaw could be used by a malicious user to elevate their privileges within the guest.

For the problem to happen virtiofsd needs to be running with '-o xattr' and '-o xattrmap' (to enable and rename xattrs, respectively). The problem only occurs if 'security.capability' is one of the xattrs that is being renamed. Different caching modes cause different guest behavior: '-o cache=none' makes the issue easy to reproduce. There's a suspicion the flaw could be reproduced with the default option '-o cache=auto' as well.

The impact of this flaw is limited by the fact that xattrmap is a recent feature that's little used so far. Additionally, unprivileged users shouldn't be granted write permission on privileged executables in the first place.
Group Package Affected Fixed Severity Status Ticket
AVG-1308 qemu 5.2.0-4 Medium Vulnerable