CVE-2020-25597

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Description

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. There is mishandling of the constraint that once-valid event channels may not turn invalid. Logic in the handling of event channel operations in Xen assumes that an event channel, once valid, will not become invalid over the life time of a guest. However, operations like the resetting of all event channels may involve decreasing one of the bounds checked when determining validity. This may lead to bug checks triggering, crashing the host. An unprivileged guest may be able to crash Xen, leading to a Denial of Service (DoS) for the entire system. All Xen versions from 4.4 onwards are vulnerable. Xen versions 4.3 and earlier are not vulnerable. Only systems with untrusted guests permitted to create more than the default number of event channels are vulnerable. This number depends on the architecture and type of guest. For 32-bit x86 PV guests, this is 1023; for 64-bit x86 PV guests, and for all ARM guests, this number is 4095. Systems where untrusted guests are limited to fewer than this number are not vulnerable. Note that xl and libxl limit max_event_channels to 1023 by default, so systems using exclusively xl, libvirt+libxl, or their own toolstack based on libxl, and not explicitly setting max_event_channels, are not vulnerable.

References

http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2020-10/msg00008.html

https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/[email protected]/message/4JRXMKEMQRQYWYEPHVBIWUEAVQ3LU4FN/

https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/[email protected]/message/DA633Y3G5KX7MKRN4PFEGM3IVTJMBEOM/

https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/[email protected]/message/RJZERRBJN6E6STDCHT4JHP4MI6TKBCJE/

https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/202011-06

https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4769

https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-338.html

Details

Source: MITRE

Published: 2020-09-23

Updated: 2020-11-11

Type: CWE-119

Risk Information

CVSS v2

Base Score: 6.1

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:C

Impact Score: 8.5

Exploitability Score: 3.9

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSS v3

Base Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H

Impact Score: 4

Exploitability Score: 2

Severity: MEDIUM

Vulnerable Software

Configuration 1

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cpe:2.3:o:xen:xen:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:* versions from 4.4.0 to 4.14.0 (inclusive)

Tenable Plugins

View all (15 total)

IDNameProductFamilySeverity
150542SUSE SLES11 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:14521-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
150180OracleVM 3.4 : xen (OVMSA-2021-0014)NessusOracleVM Local Security Checks
high
144975Xen mishandling of the event channel validity constraint DoS (XSA-338))NessusMisc.
medium
143873SUSE SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2787-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
143853SUSE SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2788-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
143805SUSE SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2822-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
143707SUSE SLED15 / SLES15 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2791-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
143685SUSE SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2786-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
143637SUSE SLED15 / SLES15 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2020:2790-1)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
142854GLSA-202011-06 : Xen: Multiple vulnerabilitiesNessusGentoo Local Security Checks
high
141278Fedora 31 : xen (2020-d46fe34349)NessusFedora Local Security Checks
medium
141270Fedora 33 : xen (2020-306b84fd07)NessusFedora Local Security Checks
medium
141168openSUSE Security Update : xen (openSUSE-2020-1608)NessusSuSE Local Security Checks
medium
141138Debian DSA-4769-1 : xen - security updateNessusDebian Local Security Checks
medium
141102Fedora 32 : xen (2020-f668e579be)NessusFedora Local Security Checks
medium