FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- ioreq handling possibly susceptible to multiple read issue (6aa2d135-b40e-11e5-9728-002590263bf5)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

The Xen Project reports :

Single memory accesses in source code can be translated to multiple
ones in machine code by the compiler, requiring special caution when
accessing shared memory. Such precaution was missing from the
hypervisor code inspecting the state of I/O requests sent to the
device model for assistance.

Due to the offending field being a bitfield, it is however believed
that there is no issue in practice, since compilers, at least when
optimizing (which is always the case for non-debug builds), should
find it more expensive to extract the bit field value twice than to
keep the calculated value in a register.

This vulnerability is exposed to malicious device models. In
conventional Xen systems this means the qemu which service an HVM
domain. On such systems this vulnerability can only be exploited if
the attacker has gained control of the device model qemu via another

Privilege escalation, host crash (Denial of Service), and leaked
information all cannot be excluded.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected package.

Risk factor :


Family: FreeBSD Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 87746 ()

Bugtraq ID:


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