OracleVM 3.3 : xen (OVMSA-2017-0177)

high Nessus Plugin ID 105250


The remote OracleVM host is missing one or more security updates.


The remote OracleVM system is missing necessary patches to address critical security updates :

- Due to the history performance reason, we decide to disable PoD feature in old OVM product.XSA-246,XSA-247 [bug 27121016] (CVE-2017-17044, CVE-2017-17045)

- From 2a99aa99fc84a45f505f84802af56b006d14c52e Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001 From: Andrew Cooper Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:08:10 +0100 Subject: [PATCH] xen/physmap: Do not permit a guest to populate PoD pages for itself PoD is supposed to be entirely transparent to guest, but this interface has been left exposed for a long time. The use of PoD requires careful co-ordination by the toolstack with the XENMEM_[get,set]_pod_target hypercalls, and xenstore ballooning target. The best a guest can do without toolstack cooperation crash. Furthermore, there are combinations of features (e.g. c/s c63868ff 'libxl:
disallow PCI device assignment for HVM guest when PoD is enabled') which a toolstack might wish to explicitly prohibit (in this case, because the two simply don't function in combination). In such cases, the guest mustn't be able to subvert the configuration chosen by the toolstack.

Conflict: xen/common/memory.c

- x86/shadow: correct SH_LINEAR mapping detection in sh_guess_wrmap The fix for XSA-243 / CVE-2017-15592 (c/s bf2b4eadcf379) introduced a change in behaviour for sh_guest_wrmap, where it had to cope with no shadow linear mapping being present. As the name suggests, guest_vtable is a mapping of the guests pagetable, not Xen's pagetable, meaning that it isn't the pagetable we need to check for the shadow linear slot in. The practical upshot is that a shadow HVM vcpu which switches into 4-level paging mode, with an L4 pagetable that contains a mapping which aliases Xen's SH_LINEAR_PT_VIRT_START will fool the safety check for whether a SHADOW_LINEAR mapping is present. As the check passes (when it should have failed), Xen subsequently falls over the missing mapping with a pagefault such as:
(XEN) Pagetable walk from ffff8140a0503880: (XEN) L4[0x102] = 000000046c218063 ffffffffffffffff (XEN) L3[0x102] = 000000046c218063 ffffffffffffffff (XEN) L2[0x102] = 000000046c218063 ffffffffffffffff (XEN) L1[0x103] = 0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff This is part of XSA-243. (CVE-2017-15592)


Update the affected xen / xen-tools packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 105250

File Name: oraclevm_OVMSA-2017-0177.nasl

Version: 3.6

Type: local

Published: 12/14/2017

Updated: 1/4/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:vm:xen, p-cpe:/a:oracle:vm:xen-tools, cpe:/o:oracle:vm_server:3.3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/OracleVM/release, Host/OracleVM/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/13/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/18/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-15592, CVE-2017-17044, CVE-2017-17045