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Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:18:17 +0100
From: Xen.org security team <security@....org>
To: xen-devel@...ts.xensource.com
CC: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Xen Security Advisory 4 (CVE-2011-2901) - Xen 3.3 vaddr validation

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             Xen Security Advisory CVE-2011-2901 / XSA-4
                        revision no.2
        Xen <= 3.3 DoS due to incorrect virtual address validation

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

The x86_64 __addr_ok() macro intends to ensure that the checked
address is either in the positive half of the 48-bit virtual address
space, or above the Xen-reserved area. However, the current shift
count is off-by-one, allowing full access to the "negative half" too,
via certain hypercalls which ignore virtual-address bits [63:48].
Vulnerable hypercalls exist only in very old versions of the
hypervisor.

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

All systems running a Xen 3.3 or earlier hypervisor with 64-bit PV
guests with untrusted administrators are vulnerable.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest administrator on a vulnerable system is able to
crash the host.

There are no known further exploits but these have not been ruled out.

RESOLUTION
==========

The attached patch resolves the issue.

Alternatively, users may choose to upgrade to a more recent hypervisor

PATCHES
=======

The following patch resolves this issue.

Filename: fix-__addr_ok-limit.patch
SHA1: f18bde8d276110451c608a16f577865aa1226b4f
SHA256: 2da5aac72e1ac4849c34d38374ae456795905fd9512eef94b48fc31383c21636

This patch should apply cleanly, and fix the problem, for all affected
versions of Xen.

It is harmless when applied to later hypervisors and will be included
in the Xen unstable branch in due course.

VERSION HISTORY
===============

Analysis following version 1 of this advisory (sent out to the
predisclosure list during the embargo period) indicates that the
actual DoS vulnerability only exists in very old hypervisors, Xen 3.3
and earlier, contrary to previous reports.

This advisory is no longer embargoed.
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Subject: XSA-4: xen: correct limit checking in x86_64 version of __addr_ok

The x86_64 __addr_ok() macro intends to ensure that the checked
address is either in the positive half of the 48-bit virtual address
space, or above the Xen-reserved area. However, the current shift
count is off-by-one, allowing full access to the "negative half"
too. Guests may exploit this to gain access to off-limits ranges.

This issue has been assigned CVE-2011-2901.

Signed-off-by: Laszlo Ersek <lersek@...hat.com>
Signed-off-by: Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@...rix.com>

diff --git a/xen/include/asm-x86/x86_64/uaccess.h b/xen/include/asm-x86/x86_64/uaccess.h
--- a/xen/include/asm-x86/x86_64/uaccess.h
+++ b/xen/include/asm-x86/x86_64/uaccess.h
@@ -34,7 +34,7 @@
  * non-canonical address (and thus fault) before ever reaching VIRT_START.
  */
 #define __addr_ok(addr) \
-    (((unsigned long)(addr) < (1UL<<48)) || \
+    (((unsigned long)(addr) < (1UL<<47)) || \
      ((unsigned long)(addr) >= HYPERVISOR_VIRT_END))
 
 #define access_ok(addr, size) \

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