|Public release ||2016-07-26 11:32|
|Updated ||2016-07-26 11:32|
|Title ||x86: Privilege escalation in PV guests|
Filesadvisory-182.txt (signed advisory file)
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Xen Security Advisory CVE-2016-6258 / XSA-182
x86: Privilege escalation in PV guests
UPDATES IN VERSION 3
The PV pagetable code has fast-paths for making updates to pre-existing
pagetable entries, to skip expensive re-validation in safe cases
(e.g. clearing only Access/Dirty bits). The bits considered safe were too
broad, and not actually safe.
A malicous PV guest administrator can escalate their privilege to that
of the host.
All versions of Xen are vulnerable.
The vulnerability is only exposed to PV guests on x86 hardware.
The vulnerability is not exposed to x86 HVM guests, or ARM guests.
Running only HVM guests will avoid this vulnerability.
This issue was discovered by Jérémie Boutoille of Quarkslab.
Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.
xsa182.patch xen-unstable, Xen 4.7.x
xsa182-4.6.patch Xen 4.6.x
xsa182-4.5.patch Xen 4.5.x, 4.4.x, 4.3.x
$ sha256sum xsa182*
DEPLOYMENT DURING EMBARGO
Deployment of the patches and/or mitigations described above (or
others which are substantially similar) is permitted during the
embargo, even on public-facing systems with untrusted guest users and
But: Distribution of updated software is prohibited (except to other
members of the predisclosure list).
Predisclosure list members who wish to deploy significantly different
patches and/or mitigations, please contact the Xen Project Security
(Note: this during-embargo deployment notice is retained in
post-embargo publicly released Xen Project advisories, even though it
is then no longer applicable. This is to enable the community to have
oversight of the Xen Project Security Team's decisionmaking.)
For more information about permissible uses of embargoed information,
consult the Xen Project community's agreed Security Policy:
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