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Linux PV device frontends vulnerable to attacks by backends T[his CNA information record relates to multiple CVEs; the text explains which aspects/vulnerabilities correspond to which CVE.] Several Linux PV device frontends are using the grant table interfaces for removing access rights of the backends in ways being subject to race conditions, resulting in potential data leaks, data corruption by malicious backends, and denial of service triggered by malicious backends: blkfront, netfront, scsifront and the gntalloc driver are testing whether a grant reference is still in use. If this is not the case, they assume that a following removal of the granted access will always succeed, which is not true in case the backend has mapped the granted page between those two operations. As a result the backend can keep access to the memory page of the guest no matter how the page will be used after the frontend I/O has finished. The xenbus driver has a similar problem, as it doesn't check the success of removing the granted access of a shared ring buffer. blkfront: CVE-2022-23036 netfront: CVE-2022-23037 scsifront: CVE-2022-23038 gntalloc: CVE-2022-23039 xenbus: CVE-2022-23040 blkfront, netfront, scsifront, usbfront, dmabuf, xenbus, 9p, kbdfront, and pvcalls are using a functionality to delay freeing a grant reference until it is no longer in use, but the freeing of the related data page is not synchronized with dropping the granted access. As a result the backend can keep access to the memory page even after it has been freed and then re-used for a different purpose. CVE-2022-23041 netfront will fail a BUG_ON() assertion if it fails to revoke access in the rx path. This will result in a Denial of Service (DoS) situation of the guest which can be triggered by the backend. CVE-2022-23042

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5467-1
Posted Jun 8, 2022
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 5467-1 - It was discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly restrict access to the kernel debugger when booted in secure boot environments. A privileged attacker could use this to bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. Aaron Adams discovered that the netfilter subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly handle the removal of stateful expressions in some situations, leading to a use-after-free vulnerability. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code.

tags | advisory, denial of service, arbitrary, kernel, local
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2021-3772, CVE-2021-4197, CVE-2022-1011, CVE-2022-1158, CVE-2022-1198, CVE-2022-1353, CVE-2022-1516, CVE-2022-1966, CVE-2022-21499, CVE-2022-23039, CVE-2022-23040, CVE-2022-24958, CVE-2022-26966, CVE-2022-28356, CVE-2022-28389, CVE-2022-28390
SHA-256 | 00844e617969c8e349b621d9028477a097d6b0006a1d340d3f86e5feae7ec286
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5418-1
Posted May 12, 2022
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 5418-1 - Ke Sun, Alyssa Milburn, Henrique Kawakami, Emma Benoit, Igor Chervatyuk, Lisa Aichele, and Thais Moreira Hamasaki discovered that the Spectre Variant 2 mitigations for AMD processors on Linux were insufficient in some situations. A local attacker could possibly use this to expose sensitive information. Demi Marie Obenour and Simon Gaiser discovered that several Xen para- virtualization device frontends did not properly restrict the access rights of device backends. An attacker could possibly use a malicious Xen backend to gain access to memory pages of a guest VM or cause a denial of service in the guest.

tags | advisory, denial of service, local
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2021-26401, CVE-2022-23039, CVE-2022-23040, CVE-2022-24958, CVE-2022-25258, CVE-2022-25375, CVE-2022-26490, CVE-2022-26966, CVE-2022-27223
SHA-256 | 5d59c806b66497edbb6af2992f2ae5cce0fa7a093060f86f2d7fbcd7da204b10
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