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CVE-2020-25596

Status Candidate

Overview

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. x86 PV guest kernels can experience denial of service via SYSENTER. The SYSENTER instruction leaves various state sanitization activities to software. One of Xen's sanitization paths injects a #GP fault, and incorrectly delivers it twice to the guest. This causes the guest kernel to observe a kernel-privilege #GP fault (typically fatal) rather than a user-privilege #GP fault (usually converted into SIGSEGV/etc.). Malicious or buggy userspace can crash the guest kernel, resulting in a VM Denial of Service. All versions of Xen from 3.2 onwards are vulnerable. Only x86 systems are vulnerable. ARM platforms are not vulnerable. Only x86 systems that support the SYSENTER instruction in 64bit mode are vulnerable. This is believed to be Intel, Centaur, and Shanghai CPUs. AMD and Hygon CPUs are not believed to be vulnerable. Only x86 PV guests can exploit the vulnerability. x86 PVH / HVM guests cannot exploit the vulnerability.

Related Files

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5617-1
Posted Sep 19, 2022
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 5617-1 - It was discovered that memory contents previously stored in microarchitectural special registers after RDRAND, RDSEED, and SGX EGETKEY read operations on Intel client and Xeon E3 processors may be briefly exposed to processes on the same or different processor cores. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information. Julien Grall discovered that Xen incorrectly handled memory barriers on ARM-based systems. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service, obtain sensitive information or escalate privileges.

tags | advisory, denial of service, local
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2020-0543, CVE-2020-11739, CVE-2020-11742, CVE-2020-15563, CVE-2020-15564, CVE-2020-15565, CVE-2020-15566, CVE-2020-15567, CVE-2020-25595, CVE-2020-25596, CVE-2020-25597, CVE-2020-25599, CVE-2020-25600, CVE-2020-25601
SHA-256 | 650005c21b26b7970b9035b36b8dca3aa7d9fbba307cbcf7d4eded34c754cfb8
Debian Security Advisory 4769-1
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Authored by Debian | Site debian.org

Debian Linux Security Advisory 4769-1 - Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Xen hypervisor, which could result in denial of service, guest-to-host privilege escalation or information leaks.

tags | advisory, denial of service, vulnerability
systems | linux, debian
advisories | CVE-2020-25595, CVE-2020-25596, CVE-2020-25597, CVE-2020-25599, CVE-2020-25600, CVE-2020-25601, CVE-2020-25602, CVE-2020-25603, CVE-2020-25604
SHA-256 | e6c5001c6e839fbf6f78b7b8d62d2d143bd2b61990509f9e7883301ff985de3e
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