Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:03:47 +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 174 (CVE-2016-3961) - hugetlbfs use may crash PV Linux guests -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Xen Security Advisory CVE-2016-3961 / XSA-174 version 3 hugetlbfs use may crash PV Linux guests UPDATES IN VERSION 3 ==================== Public release. ISSUE DESCRIPTION ================= Huge (2Mb) pages are generally unavailable to PV guests. Since x86 Linux pvops-based kernels are generally multi purpose, they would normally be built with hugetlbfs support enabled. Use of that functionality by an application in a PV guest would cause an infinite page fault loop, and an OOPS to occur upon an attempt to terminate the hung application. IMPACT ====== Depending on the guest kernel configuration, the OOPS could result in a kernel crash (guest DoS). VULNERABLE SYSTEMS ================== All upstream x86 Linux versions operating as PV Xen guests are vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable. x86 HVM guests are not vulnerable. x86 Linux versions derived from linux-2.6.18-xen.hg (XenoLinux) are not vulnerable. Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernels are not vulnerable. We believe that non-Linux guests are not vulnerable, as we are not aware of any with an analogous bug. MITIGATION ========== Running only HVM guests will avoid this issue. Not enabling hugetlbfs use, by not altering the boot time default value of zero in /proc/sys/vm/nr_hugepages (which can only be written by the root user) will avoid this issue. It is possible that disabling (or not enabling) the "panic on OOPS" behavior (via use of the "oops=panic" command line option or the "panic_on_oops" sysctl) will also avoid this issue, by limiting the effect to an application crash. We are not currently sure whether this is an effective mitigation, as we are not sure whether any locks or mutexes are held at the point of the crash. CREDITS ======= This issue was discovered by Vitaly Kuznetsov from Red Hat. RESOLUTION ========== Applying the attached patch resolves this issue. xsa174.patch Linux 4.5.x ... 3.10.x $ sha256sum xsa174* cbec70e183f76b4081ebba05c0a8105bd4952d164a2e5c40528c05bf8861ddef xsa174.patch $ DEPLOYMENT DURING EMBARGO ========================= Deployment of patches or mitigations is NOT permitted (except where all the affected systems and VMs are administered and used only by organisations which are members of the Xen Project Security Issues Predisclosure List). Specifically, deployment on public cloud systems is NOT permitted. This is because such host configuration changes would be user mode visible, which could lead to the rediscovery of the vulnerability. 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 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux) iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJXD5UqAAoJEIP+FMlX6CvZtAEIAKUf33cM1Gs+Y8Yt+s3FLvqR RW9Ktbz0dqMfL+4govcvfbI5CdtB75ZWp6T4rrjGrtIvljEJWAERasKA0anIW00I 5duFtbFN+nPlmdZUfGIW3G6kpveSstOICVxqKPn0chN7VuTZJvzogc9t9PTtvwpX +UkzvUvMacu0u8H0mJFjcuS/xFeS5LaosOCrJwAWKP1je6fwc217MrYm8LH6vwGr K7yJVnEih0XGv5hy9ufwcF5SI0d4CSilcxfFAqKJkRwQ2SSbsF2BXN1j11Eqmua3 ARif+g3qBH6uH+RT6bclUOUO3vCKcReBWjRCF+bbsdDMCmSLwdkQK8xtu7N/Tys= =u89I -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- [ CONTENT OF TYPE application/octet-stream SKIPPED ]
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