FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- VMX: guest user mode may crash guest with non-canonical RIP (81f9d6a4-ddaf-11e5-b2bd-002590263bf5)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 89013


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


The Xen Project reports :

VMX refuses attempts to enter a guest with an instruction pointer which doesn't satisfy certain requirements. In particular, the instruction pointer needs to be canonical when entering a guest currently in 64-bit mode. This is the case even if the VM entry information specifies an exception to be injected immediately (in which case the bad instruction pointer would possibly never get used for other than pushing onto the exception handler's stack). Provided the guest OS allows user mode to map the virtual memory space immediately below the canonical/non-canonical address boundary, a non-canonical instruction pointer can result even from normal user mode execution. VM entry failure, however, is fatal to the guest.

Malicious HVM guest user mode code may be able to crash the guest.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 89013

File Name: freebsd_pkg_81f9d6a4ddaf11e5b2bd002590263bf5.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/02/29

Modified: 2016/10/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

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


Base Score: 5.5

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/02/28

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/02/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2271