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Xen Security Advisory 27 (CVE-2012-5511) - several HVM operations do not validate the range of their inputs
From: Xen.org security team <security () xen org>
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:51:44 +0000

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             Xen Security Advisory CVE-2012-5511 / XSA-27
                           version 4

   several HVM operations do not validate the range of their inputs

UPDATES IN VERSION 4
====================

Public release.

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

Several HVM control operations do not check the size of their inputs
and can tie up a physical CPU for extended periods of time.

In addition dirty video RAM tracking involves clearing the bitmap
provided by the domain controlling the guest (e.g. dom0 or a
stubdom). If the size of that bitmap is overly large, an intermediate
variable on the hypervisor stack may overflow that stack.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest administrator can cause Xen to become unresponsive
or to crash leading in either case to a Denial of Service.

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

All Xen versions from 3.4 onwards are vulnerable.

However Xen 4.2 and unstable are not vulnerable to the stack
overflow. Systems running either of these are not vulnerable to the
crash.

Version 3.4, 4.0 and 4.1 are vulnerable to both the stack overflow and
the physical CPU hang.

The vulnerability is only exposed to HVM guests.

MITIGATION
==========

Running only PV guests will avoid this vulnerability.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa27-4.1.patch             Xen 4.1.x
xsa27-4.2.patch             Xen 4.2.x
xsa27-4.unstable.patch      xen-unstable


$ sha256sum xsa27*.patch
7443da829a7b2dd4b5e0b8db97a8b569e7c10d908ee7c34fa60bc2ddd781be57  xsa27-4.1.patch
462eae827944d1d337a6ebf13a36ea952d7fb76b993b9c29946e1d9cfb5ea2a3  xsa27-4.2.patch
fcb07c6bd78a0d9513a68e2eb3bf0c21ef4d8ff0e6ebf6fdce04a3170303cab6  xsa27-unstable.patch
$
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Attachment: xsa27-4.1.patch
Description:

Attachment: xsa27-4.2.patch
Description:

Attachment: xsa27-unstable.patch
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