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CVE-2018-15468

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An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.11.x. The DEBUGCTL MSR contains several debugging features, some of which virtualise cleanly, but some do not. In particular, Branch Trace Store is not virtualised by the processor, and software has to be careful to configure it suitably not to lock up the core. As a result, it must only be available to fully trusted guests. Unfortunately, in the case that vPMU is disabled, all value checking was skipped, allowing the guest to choose any MSR_DEBUGCTL setting it likes. A malicious or buggy guest administrator (on Intel x86 HVM or PVH) can lock up the entire host, causing a Denial of Service.

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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
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