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CVE-2020-11739

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Overview

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.13.x, allowing guest OS users to cause a denial of service or possibly gain privileges because of missing memory barriers in read-write unlock paths. The read-write unlock paths don't contain a memory barrier. On Arm, this means a processor is allowed to re-order the memory access with the preceding ones. In other words, the unlock may be seen by another processor before all the memory accesses within the "critical" section. As a consequence, it may be possible to have a writer executing a critical section at the same time as readers or another writer. In other words, many of the assumptions (e.g., a variable cannot be modified after a check) in the critical sections are not safe anymore. The read-write locks are used in hypercalls (such as grant-table ones), so a malicious guest could exploit the race. For instance, there is a small window where Xen can leak memory if XENMAPSPACE_grant_table is used concurrently. A malicious guest may be able to leak memory, or cause a hypervisor crash resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). Information leak and privilege escalation cannot be excluded.

Related Files

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 202005-08
Posted May 15, 2020
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 202005-8 - Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Xen, the worst of which could allow privilege escalation. Versions less than 4.12.2-r2 are affected.

tags | advisory, vulnerability
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2020-11739, CVE-2020-11740, CVE-2020-11741, CVE-2020-11742, CVE-2020-11743
MD5 | 36de94d2514b90dc4856d667f55f8f6d
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