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Xen Security Advisory 12 (CVE-2012-3494) - hypercall set_debugreg vulnerability
From: Xen.org security team <security () xen org>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 10:38:44 +0100

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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2012-3494 / XSA-12
                             version 3

              hypercall set_debugreg vulnerability

UPDATES IN VERSION 3
====================

Public release.

ISSUE DESCRIPTION
=================

set_debugreg allows writes to reserved bits of the DR7 debug control
register on x86-64.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest can cause the host to crash, leading to a DoS.

If the vulnerable hypervisor is run on future hardware, the impact of
the vulnerability might be widened depending on the future assignment
of the currently-reserved debug register bits.

VULNERABLE SYSTEMS
==================

All systems running 64-bit paravirtualised guests.

The vulnerability dates back to at least Xen 4.0.  4.0, 4.1, the 4.2
RCs, and xen-unstable.hg are all vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

This issue can be mitigated by ensuring (inside the guest) that the
kernel is trustworthy, or by running only 32-bit or HVM guests.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch will resolve the issue.

PATCH INFORMATION
=================

The attached patch resolves this issue:

 Xen unstable, 4.1 and 4.0              xsa12-all.patch

$ sha256sum xsa12-all.patch
2415ee133e28b1c848c5ae3ce766cc2a67009bad8d026879030a6511b85dbc13  xsa12-all.patch
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Attachment: xsa12-all.patch
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