Debian DSA-4201-1 : xen - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 109816


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


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Xen hypervisor :

- CVE-2018-8897 Andy Lutomirski and Nick Peterson discovered that incorrect handling of debug exceptions could result in privilege escalation.

- CVE-2018-10471 An error was discovered in the mitigations against Meltdown which could result in denial of service.

- CVE-2018-10472 Anthony Perard discovered that incorrect parsing of CDROM images can result in information disclosure.

- CVE-2018-10981 Jan Beulich discovered that malformed device models could result in denial of service.

- CVE-2018-10982 Roger Pau Monne discovered that incorrect handling of high precision event timers could result in denial of service and potentially privilege escalation.


Upgrade the xen packages.

For the stable distribution (stretch), these problems have been fixed in version 4.8.3+xsa262+shim4.10.0+comet3-1+deb9u6.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 109816

File Name: debian_DSA-4201.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/16/2018

Updated: 4/5/2019

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:xen, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:9.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/15/2018

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Microsoft Windows POP/MOV SS Local Privilege Elevation Vulnerability)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-10471, CVE-2018-10472, CVE-2018-10981, CVE-2018-10982, CVE-2018-8897

DSA: 4201