FreeBSD : xen-tools -- libxl leak of pv kernel and initrd on error (5d1d4473-b40d-11e5-9728-002590263bf5)

High Nessus Plugin ID 87745


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


The Xen Project reports :

When constructing a guest which is configured to use a PV bootloader which runs as a userspace process in the toolstack domain (e.g.
pygrub) libxl creates a mapping of the files to be used as kernel and initial ramdisk when building the guest domain.

However if building the domain subsequently fails these mappings would not be released leading to a leak of virtual address space in the calling process, as well as preventing the recovery of the temporary disk files containing the kernel and initial ramdisk.

For toolstacks which manage multiple domains within the same process, an attacker who is able to repeatedly start a suitable domain (or many such domains) can cause an out-of-memory condition in the toolstack process, leading to a denial of service.

Under the same circumstances an attacker can also cause files to accumulate on the toolstack domain filesystem (usually under /var in dom0) used to temporarily store the kernel and initial ramdisk, perhaps leading to a denial of service against arbitrary other services using that filesystem.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 87745

File Name: freebsd_pkg_5d1d4473b40d11e59728002590263bf5.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/01/06

Modified: 2016/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:xen-tools, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Patch Publication Date: 2016/01/06

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2015/12/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8341