FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- Long latency populate-on-demand operation is not preemptible (83350009-881e-11e5-ab94-002590263bf5)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 86838
SynopsisThe remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.
DescriptionThe Xen Project reports :
When running an HVM domain in Populate-on-Demand mode, Xen would sometimes search the domain for memory to reclaim, in response to demands for population of other pages in the same domain. This search runs without preemption. The guest can, by suitable arrangement of its memory contents, create a situation where this search is a time-consuming linear scan of the guest's address space.
A malicious HVM guest administrator can cause a denial of service.
Specifically, prevent use of a physical CPU for a significant period.
SolutionUpdate the affected package.