FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- x86 task switch to VM86 mode mis-handled (523bb0b7-ba4d-11e6-ae1b-002590263bf5)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 95506


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


The Xen Project reports :

LDTR, just like TR, is purely a protected mode facility. Hence even when switching to a VM86 mode task, LDTR loading needs to follow protected mode semantics. This was violated by the code.

On SVM (AMD hardware): a malicious unprivileged guest process can escalate its privilege to that of the guest operating system.

On both SVM and VMX (Intel hardware): a malicious unprivileged guest process can crash the guest.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 95506

File Name: freebsd_pkg_523bb0b7ba4d11e6ae1b002590263bf5.nasl

Version: 3.4

Type: local

Published: 2016/12/05

Updated: 2018/11/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.6

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/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: 2016/12/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/11/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9382