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Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:50:55 +0000
From: Xen.org security team <security@....org>
To: xen-announce@...ts.xen.org, xen-devel@...ts.xen.org,
 xen-users@...ts.xen.org, oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
CC: Xen.org security team <security@....org>
Subject: Xen Security Advisory 44 (CVE-2013-1917) - Xen PV DoS
 vulnerability with SYSENTER

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             Xen Security Advisory CVE-2013-1917 / XSA-44
                              version 3

                Xen PV DoS vulnerability with SYSENTER

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

Backported patch for 4.0 now available.

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

The SYSENTER instruction can be used by PV guests to accelerate system
call processing. This instruction, however, leaves the EFLAGS register
mostly unmodified - in particular, the NT flag doesn't get cleared. If
the hypervisor subsequently uses IRET to return to the guest (which it
will always do if the guest is a 32-bit one), that instruction will
cause a #GP fault to be raised, but the recovery code in the
hypervisor will again try to use IRET without intermediately clearing
the NT flag. The #GP fault raised on this second IRET is a fatal
event, causing the hypervisor to crash.

IMPACT
======

Malicious or buggy unprivileged user space can cause the entire host to crash.

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

All 64-bit Xen versions from 3.1 onwards running on Intel CPUs are
vulnerable.  32-bit Xen is not affected, as it doesn't permit the use
of SYSENTER by PV guests. 64-bit Xen run on AMD CPUs isn't affected
since AMD CPUs don't allow the use of SYSENTER in long mode.

The vulnerability is only exposed by PV guests.

MITIGATION
==========

Running only HVM guests, or running PV guests on only 32-bit hosts or only AMD
CPUs will avoid this vulnerability.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa44-4.0.patch             Xen 4.0.x
xsa44-4.1.patch             Xen 4.1.x
xsa44-4.2.patch             Xen 4.2.x
xsa44-unstable.patch        xen-unstable

$ sha256sum xsa44*.patch
4de554d29adbae41a65d401becd9d074be27932ad9f3e0ed78ecb89de3ed35b5  xsa44-4.0.patch
3dbf47224be0f8fc66ba08d8a46b910bd9a3e672ffe864aa77c698bef0e27783  xsa44-4.1.patch
c6c3afa228426d78e0484b7ac34210f642f79add35c4a04ca5ff7db5f2539e49  xsa44-4.2.patch
0e6ad83da75dc207a165411844c0985fd7f9588d92c2c95911c245485351bf36  xsa44-unstable.patch
$
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