FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- Long latency populate-on-demand operation is not preemptible (83350009-881e-11e5-ab94-002590263bf5)

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Synopsis :

The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.

Description :

The Xen Project reports :

When running an HVM domain in Populate-on-Demand mode, Xen would
sometimes search the domain for memory to reclaim, in response to
demands for population of other pages in the same domain. This search
runs without preemption. The guest can, by suitable arrangement of its
memory contents, create a situation where this search is a
time-consuming linear scan of the guest's address space.

A malicious HVM guest administrator can cause a denial of service.
Specifically, prevent use of a physical CPU for a significant period.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.9

Family: FreeBSD Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 86838 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2015-7970

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