Information

Advisory XSA-76
Public release 2013-11-26 12:00
Updated 2013-11-26 17:02
Version 3
CVE(s) CVE-2013-4554
Title Hypercalls exposed to privilege rings 1 and 2 of HVM guests

Files

advisory-76.txt (signed advisory file)
xsa76.patch

Advisory


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             Xen Security Advisory CVE-2013-4554 / XSA-76
                              version 3

      Hypercalls exposed to privilege rings 1 and 2 of HVM guests

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

Public release.

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

The privilege check applied to hypercall attempts by a HVM guest only refused
access from ring 3; rings 1 and 2 were allowed through.

IMPACT
======

Code running in the intermediate privilege rings of HVM guest OSes may be able
to elevate its privileges inside the guest by careful hypercall use.

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

Xen 3.0.3 and later are vulnerable.
Xen 3.0.2 and earlier are not vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

Running only PV guests, or running HVM guests known to not make use of
protection rings 1 and 2 will avoid this issue. As far as we are aware no
mainstream OS (Linux, Windows, BSD) make use of these rings.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Jan Beulich.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa76.patch        xen-unstable, Xen 4.3.x, Xen 4.2.x, Xen 4.1.x

$ sha256sum xsa76*.patch
8c4d460c71e8e8dffa32ce24f57ce872ccd8623ab72fd38be432f0a2b097e7c1  xsa76.patch
$
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Xenproject.org Security Team