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Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:03:26 +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 76 (CVE-2013-4554) - Hypercalls exposed to
 privilege rings 1 and 2 of HVM guests

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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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