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Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:06:53 +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 184 (CVE-2016-5403) - virtio: unbounded
 memory allocation issue

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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2016-5403 / XSA-184
                              version 2

               virtio: unbounded memory allocation issue

UPDATES IN VERSION 2
====================

Public release.

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

A guest can submit virtio requests without bothering to wait for
completion and is therefore not bound by virtqueue size.  (This
requires reusing vring descriptors in more than one request, which is
incorrect but possible.)  Processing a request allocates a
VirtQueueElement and therefore causes unbounded memory allocation
controlled by the guest.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest administrator can cause unbounded memory allocation
in QEMU, which can cause an Out-of-Memory condition in the domain
running qemu.

Thus, a malicious guest administrator can cause a denial of service
affecting the whole host.

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

ARM systems are not vulnerable.

PV domains are not vulnerable.

Only HVM domains where virtio-net devices are provided to the guest
are vulnerable.  Note that NO such devices are provided by default,
so the default configuration is not vulnerable.

HVM domains run with QEMU stub domains are not vulnerable.

(Note that all virtio subsystems are affected; but only virtio-net is
a supported configuration.  See docs/misc/qemu-xen-security.)

MITIGATION
==========

Running PV only will avoid the issue.

Running HVM domains with Xen PV drivers instead of virtio-net will
avoid the issue.

Running HVM domains with with stubdomains will mitigate the issue.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Zhenhao Hong of the 360 Marvel Team.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa184-qemuu-master.patch  qemu-upstream, Xen unstable, 4.7.x, 4.6.x, 4.5.x, 4.4.x
xsa184-qemut-master.patch  qemu-traditional, Xen unstable, 4.7.x, 4.6.x, 4.5.x, 4.4.x

$ sha256sum xsa184*
ea41a25dac82cc5c0ef8e599feb6ed400e99414110d4dba8017d6bd048bc3de4  xsa184-qemut-master.patch
2d675e5e08d9443cf2e5f3aa37521241d6ed898a602b5111d6969023e67b9b6b  xsa184-qemuu-master.patch
$

NOTES ON THE EMBARGO PERIOD
===========================

Note that the embargo period is shorter than normal as the Xen
Security team were only notified of the issue on 25 July.

DEPLOYMENT DURING EMBARGO
=========================

Deployment of the patches and/or mitigations described above (or
others which are substantially similar) is permitted during the
embargo, even on public-facing systems with untrusted guest users and
administrators.

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
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