Information

Advisory XSA-301
Public release 2019-10-31 12:00
Updated 2019-10-31 12:28
Version 3
CVE(s) CVE-2019-18423
Title add-to-physmap can be abused to DoS Arm hosts

Files

advisory-301.txt (signed advisory file)
xsa301.meta
xsa301-4.11-1.patch
xsa301-4.11-2.patch
xsa301-4.11-3.patch
xsa301-master-1.patch
xsa301-master-2.patch
xsa301-master-3.patch

Advisory


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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2019-18423 / XSA-301
                               version 3

             add-to-physmap can be abused to DoS Arm hosts

UPDATES IN VERSION 3
====================

Public release.

ISSUE DESCRIPTION
=================

p2m->max_mapped_gfn is used by the functions
p2m_resolve_translation_fault() and p2m_get_entry() to sanity check
guest physical frame.  The rest of the code in the two functions will
assume that there is a valid root table and check that with BUG_ON().

The function p2m_get_root_pointer() will ignore the unused top bits of
a guest physical frame.  This means that the function p2m_set_entry()
will alias the frame.  However, p2m->max_mapped_gfn will be updated
using the original frame.

It would be possible to set p2m->max_mapped_gfn high enough to cover a
frame that would lead p2m_get_root_pointer() to return NULL in
p2m_get_entry() and p2m_resolve_translation_fault().

Additionally, the sanity check on p2m->max_mapped_gfn is off-by-one
allowing "highest mapped + 1" to be considered valid.  However,
p2m_get_root_pointer() will return NULL.

The problem could be triggered with a specially crafted hypercall
XENMEM_add_to_physmap{, _batch} followed by an access to an address
(via hypercall or direct access) that passes the sanity check but
cause p2m_get_root_pointer() to return NULL.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest administrator may cause a hypervisor crash,
resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS).

VULNERABLE SYSTEMS
==================

Xen version 4.8 and newer are vulnerable.

Only Arm systems are vulnerable.  x86 systems are not affected.

MITIGATION
==========

There are no mitigations.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Julian Grall of Arm.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa301-master-*.patch  xen-unstable to Xen 4.12
xsa301-4.11-*.patch    Xen 4.11 to Xen 4.8

$ sha256sum xsa301*
c3f334d3de1fd7385a5b73edca1f979b6027595d8aa2a3fce451ee5a37d57662  xsa301.meta
1f6f76e0da4bd8cbce38a127d446593058a76565bade57672d6a00357fdc64fa  xsa301-4.11-1.patch
b1ea7b323f509a6150983ece24ecd38f3a9ea97a11360d7a36f715ebaf85e8b1  xsa301-4.11-2.patch
67fffdd5f827f783e8752ca779a3234d30f26df5c42844c5b2b4a34618d7a0c2  xsa301-4.11-3.patch
3dba13afd3449b85215058c596f6a60a255e5a11c6865cbcaa05e9768f535b46  xsa301-master-1.patch
dbf952c2333807d5ee0fe4cccb069ddfda87e295c83a43ec46621b486b19f6e8  xsa301-master-2.patch
ad544e5e2da130540d5475954b1512fc00743773cad382c4c0451fd91536287d  xsa301-master-3.patch
$

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
administrators.

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
Team.

(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:
  http://www.xenproject.org/security-policy.html
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Xenproject.org Security Team