SUSE SLES11 Security Update : Xen (SUSE-SU-2014:0372-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 83613


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The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2 LTSS Xen hypervisor and toolset has been updated to fix various security issues and several bugs.

The following security issues have been addressed :

XSA-88: CVE-2014-1950: Use-after-free vulnerability in the xc_cpupool_getinfo function in Xen 4.1.x through 4.3.x, when using a multithreaded toolstack, does not properly handle a failure by the xc_cpumap_alloc function, which allows local users with access to management functions to cause a denial of service (heap corruption) and possibly gain privileges via unspecified vectors. (bnc#861256)

XSA-87: CVE-2014-1666: The do_physdev_op function in Xen 4.1.5,, 4.2.2 through 4.2.3, and 4.3.x does not properly restrict access to the (1) PHYSDEVOP_prepare_msix and (2) PHYSDEVOP_release_msix operations, which allows local PV guests to cause a denial of service (host or guest malfunction) or possibly gain privileges via unspecified vectors. (bnc#860302)

XSA-84: CVE-2014-1894: Xen 3.2 (and presumably earlier) exhibit both problems with the overflow issue being present for more than just the suboperations listed above.

XSA-84: CVE-2014-1892 CVE-2014-1893: Xen 3.3 through 4.1, while not affected by the above overflow, have a different overflow issue on FLASK_{GET,SET}BOOL and expose unreasonably large memory allocation to arbitrary guests.

XSA-84: CVE-2014-1891: The FLASK_{GET,SET}BOOL, FLASK_USER and FLASK_CONTEXT_TO_SID suboperations of the flask hypercall are vulnerable to an integer overflow on the input size. The hypercalls attempt to allocate a buffer which is 1 larger than this size and is therefore vulnerable to integer overflow and an attempt to allocate then access a zero byte buffer. (bnc#860163)

XSA-82: CVE-2013-6885: The microcode on AMD 16h 00h through 0Fh processors does not properly handle the interaction between locked instructions and write-combined memory types, which allows local users to cause a denial of service (system hang) via a crafted application, aka the errata 793 issue. (bnc#853049)

XSA-76: CVE-2013-4554: Xen 3.0.3 through 4.1.x (possibly, 4.2.x (possibly 4.2.3), and 4.3.x (possibly 4.3.1) does not properly prevent access to hypercalls, which allows local guest users to gain privileges via a crafted application running in ring 1 or 2. (bnc#849668)

XSA-74: CVE-2013-4553: The XEN_DOMCTL_getmemlist hypercall in Xen 3.4.x through 4.3.x (possibly 4.3.1) does not always obtain the page_alloc_lock and mm_rwlock in the same order, which allows local guest administrators to cause a denial of service (host deadlock). (bnc#849667)

XSA-60: CVE-2013-2212: The vmx_set_uc_mode function in Xen 3.3 through 4.3, when disabling chaches, allows local HVM guests with access to memory mapped I/O regions to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption and possibly hypervisor or guest kernel panic) via a crafted GFN range. (bnc#831120)

Also the following non-security bugs have been fixed :

- Boot Failure with xen kernel in UEFI mode with error 'No memory for trampoline' (bnc#833483)

- Fixed Xen hypervisor panic on 8-blades nPar with 46-bit memory addressing. (bnc#848014)

- In HP's UEFI x86_64 platform and sles11sp3 with xen environment, dom0 will soft lockup on multiple blades nPar. (bnc#842417)

- Soft lockup with PCI passthrough and many VCPUs (bnc#846849)

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 LTSS :

zypper in -t patch slessp2-xen-201402-8964

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 83613

File Name: suse_SU-2014-0372-1.nasl

Version: 2.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/20/2015

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.3

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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

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-doc-pdf, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-kmp-default, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-kmp-pae, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-kmp-trace, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-libs, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-tools, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:xen-tools-domU, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:11

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: 3/13/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-2212, CVE-2013-4553, CVE-2013-4554, CVE-2013-6885, CVE-2014-1666, CVE-2014-1891, CVE-2014-1892, CVE-2014-1893, CVE-2014-1894, CVE-2014-1950

BID: 61424, 63931, 63933, 63983, 65125, 65419, 65529