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CVE-2018-12891

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Overview

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.10.x. Certain PV MMU operations may take a long time to process. For that reason Xen explicitly checks for the need to preempt the current vCPU at certain points. A few rarely taken code paths did bypass such checks. By suitably enforcing the conditions through its own page table contents, a malicious guest may cause such bypasses to be used for an unbounded number of iterations. A malicious or buggy PV guest may cause a Denial of Service (DoS) affecting the entire host. Specifically, it may prevent use of a physical CPU for an indeterminate period of time. All Xen versions from 3.4 onwards are vulnerable. Xen versions 3.3 and earlier are vulnerable to an even wider class of attacks, due to them lacking preemption checks altogether in the affected code paths. Only x86 systems are affected. ARM systems are not affected. Only multi-vCPU x86 PV guests can leverage the vulnerability. x86 HVM or PVH guests as well as x86 single-vCPU PV ones cannot leverage the vulnerability.

Related Files

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201810-06
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201810-6 - Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Xen, the worst of which could cause a Denial of Service condition. Versions less than 4.10.1-r2 are affected.

tags | advisory, denial of service, vulnerability
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2018-10471, CVE-2018-10472, CVE-2018-10981, CVE-2018-10982, CVE-2018-12891, CVE-2018-12892, CVE-2018-12893, CVE-2018-15468, CVE-2018-15469, CVE-2018-15470, CVE-2018-3620, CVE-2018-3646, CVE-2018-5244, CVE-2018-7540, CVE-2018-7541, CVE-2018-7542
MD5 | 9eda1febf30dabcc3f4d7adedc9b7802
Debian Security Advisory 4236-1
Posted Jun 29, 2018
Authored by Debian | Site debian.org

Debian Linux Security Advisory 4236-1 - Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Xen hypervisor.

tags | advisory, vulnerability
systems | linux, debian
advisories | CVE-2018-12891, CVE-2018-12892, CVE-2018-12893
MD5 | d368b52f6db663340de9c0df4d45e137
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