CVE-2020-25601

medium

Description

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. There is a lack of preemption in evtchn_reset() / evtchn_destroy(). In particular, the FIFO event channel model allows guests to have a large number of event channels active at a time. Closing all of these (when resetting all event channels or when cleaning up after the guest) may take extended periods of time. So far, there was no arrangement for preemption at suitable intervals, allowing a CPU to spend an almost unbounded amount of time in the processing of these operations. Malicious or buggy guest kernels can mount a Denial of Service (DoS) attack affecting the entire system. All Xen versions are vulnerable in principle. Whether versions 4.3 and older are vulnerable depends on underlying hardware characteristics.

References

https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-344.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details

Source: MITRE

Published: 2020-09-23

Updated: 2022-04-28

Risk Information

CVSS v2

Base Score: 4.9

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

Impact Score: 6.9

Exploitability Score: 3.9

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSS v3

Base Score: 5.5

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

Impact Score: 3.6

Exploitability Score: 1.8

Severity: MEDIUM