SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2021:2924-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 153017

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Synopsis

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

Description

The remote SUSE Linux SLED12 / SLES12 host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the SUSE-SU-2021:2924-1 advisory.

- Observable response discrepancy in some Intel(R) Processors may allow an authorized user to potentially enable information disclosure via local access. (CVE-2021-0089)

- A stack overflow via an infinite recursion vulnerability was found in the eepro100 i8255x device emulator of QEMU. This issue occurs while processing controller commands due to a DMA reentry issue. This flaw allows a guest user or process to consume CPU cycles or crash the QEMU process on the host, resulting in a denial of service. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to system availability. (CVE-2021-20255)

- x86: TSX Async Abort protections not restored after S3 This issue relates to the TSX Async Abort speculative security vulnerability. Please see https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-305.html for details.
Mitigating TAA by disabling TSX (the default and preferred option) requires selecting a non-default setting in MSR_TSX_CTRL. This setting isn't restored after S3 suspend. (CVE-2021-28690)

- inappropriate x86 IOMMU timeout detection / handling IOMMUs process commands issued to them in parallel with the operation of the CPU(s) issuing such commands. In the current implementation in Xen, asynchronous notification of the completion of such commands is not used. Instead, the issuing CPU spin-waits for the completion of the most recently issued command(s). Some of these waiting loops try to apply a timeout to fail overly-slow commands. The course of action upon a perceived timeout actually being detected is inappropriate: - on Intel hardware guests which did not originally cause the timeout may be marked as crashed, - on AMD hardware higher layer callers would not be notified of the issue, making them continue as if the IOMMU operation succeeded. (CVE-2021-28692)

- xen/arm: Boot modules are not scrubbed The bootloader will load boot modules (e.g. kernel, initramfs...) in a temporary area before they are copied by Xen to each domain memory. To ensure sensitive data is not leaked from the modules, Xen must scrub them before handing the page over to the allocator.
Unfortunately, it was discovered that modules will not be scrubbed on Arm. (CVE-2021-28693)

- IOMMU page mapping issues on x86 T[his CNA information record relates to multiple CVEs; the text explains which aspects/vulnerabilities correspond to which CVE.] Both AMD and Intel allow ACPI tables to specify regions of memory which should be left untranslated, which typically means these addresses should pass the translation phase unaltered. While these are typically device specific ACPI properties, they can also be specified to apply to a range of devices, or even all devices. On all systems with such regions Xen failed to prevent guests from undoing/replacing such mappings (CVE-2021-28694). On AMD systems, where a discontinuous range is specified by firmware, the supposedly-excluded middle range will also be identity- mapped (CVE-2021-28695). Further, on AMD systems, upon de-assigment of a physical device from a guest, the identity mappings would be left in place, allowing a guest continued access to ranges of memory which it shouldn't have access to anymore (CVE-2021-28696). (CVE-2021-28694, CVE-2021-28695, CVE-2021-28696)

- grant table v2 status pages may remain accessible after de-allocation Guest get permitted access to certain Xen-owned pages of memory. The majority of such pages remain allocated / associated with a guest for its entire lifetime. Grant table v2 status pages, however, get de-allocated when a guest switched (back) from v2 to v1. The freeing of such pages requires that the hypervisor know where in the guest these pages were mapped. The hypervisor tracks only one use within guest space, but racing requests from the guest to insert mappings of these pages may result in any of them to become mapped in multiple locations.
Upon switching back from v2 to v1, the guest would then retain access to a page that was freed and perhaps re-used for other purposes. (CVE-2021-28697)

- long running loops in grant table handling In order to properly monitor resource use, Xen maintains information on the grant mappings a domain may create to map grants offered by other domains. In the process of carrying out certain actions, Xen would iterate over all such entries, including ones which aren't in use anymore and some which may have been created but never used. If the number of entries for a given domain is large enough, this iterating of the entire table may tie up a CPU for too long, starving other domains or causing issues in the hypervisor itself. Note that a domain may map its own grants, i.e.
there is no need for multiple domains to be involved here. A pair of cooperating guests may, however, cause the effects to be more severe. (CVE-2021-28698)

- inadequate grant-v2 status frames array bounds check The v2 grant table interface separates grant attributes from grant status. That is, when operating in this mode, a guest has two tables. As a result, guests also need to be able to retrieve the addresses that the new status tracking table can be accessed through. For 32-bit guests on x86, translation of requests has to occur because the interface structure layouts commonly differ between 32- and 64-bit. The translation of the request to obtain the frame numbers of the grant status table involves translating the resulting array of frame numbers. Since the space used to carry out the translation is limited, the translation layer tells the core function the capacity of the array within translation space. Unfortunately the core function then only enforces array bounds to be below 8 times the specified value, and would write past the available space if enough frame numbers needed storing. (CVE-2021-28699)

- xen/arm: No memory limit for dom0less domUs The dom0less feature allows an administrator to create multiple unprivileged domains directly from Xen. Unfortunately, the memory limit from them is not set.
This allow a domain to allocate memory beyond what an administrator originally configured.
(CVE-2021-28700)

- An invalid pointer initialization issue was found in the SLiRP networking implementation of QEMU. The flaw exists in the bootp_input() function and could occur while processing a udp packet that is smaller than the size of the 'bootp_t' structure. A malicious guest could use this flaw to leak 10 bytes of uninitialized heap memory from the host. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality. This flaw affects libslirp versions prior to 4.6.0. (CVE-2021-3592)

- An invalid pointer initialization issue was found in the SLiRP networking implementation of QEMU. The flaw exists in the udp_input() function and could occur while processing a udp packet that is smaller than the size of the 'udphdr' structure. This issue may lead to out-of-bounds read access or indirect host memory disclosure to the guest. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality. This flaw affects libslirp versions prior to 4.6.0. (CVE-2021-3594)

- An invalid pointer initialization issue was found in the SLiRP networking implementation of QEMU. The flaw exists in the tftp_input() function and could occur while processing a udp packet that is smaller than the size of the 'tftp_t' structure. This issue may lead to out-of-bounds read access or indirect host memory disclosure to the guest. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality. This flaw affects libslirp versions prior to 4.6.0. (CVE-2021-3595)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1027519

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1179246

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1180491

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1180846

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1182654

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1183243

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1185682

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1186428

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1186429

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1186433

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1186434

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1187369

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1187376

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1187378

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1188050

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189373

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189376

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189378

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189380

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189381

https://bugzilla.suse.com/1189882

http://www.nessus.org/u?17600616

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-0089

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-20255

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28690

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28692

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28693

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28694

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28695

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28696

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28697

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28698

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28699

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-28700

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-3592

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-3594

https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2021-3595

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 153017

File Name: suse_SU-2021-2924-1.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/4/2021

Updated: 5/9/2022

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-28692

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-28697

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-doc-html, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-libs, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-libs-32bit, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-tools, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-tools-domU, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/2/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/9/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-0089, CVE-2021-3592, CVE-2021-3594, CVE-2021-3595, CVE-2021-20255, CVE-2021-28690, CVE-2021-28692, CVE-2021-28693, CVE-2021-28694, CVE-2021-28695, CVE-2021-28696, CVE-2021-28697, CVE-2021-28698, CVE-2021-28699, CVE-2021-28700

SuSE: SUSE-SU-2021:2924-1

IAVB: 2021-B-0044-S, 2021-B-0060-S