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Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:05:46 +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-team-members@....org>
Subject: Xen Security Advisory 226 (CVE-2017-12135) - multiple problems
 with transitive grants

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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2017-12135 / XSA-226
                               version 5

               multiple problems with transitive grants

UPDATES IN VERSION 5
====================

Public release.

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

1) Code to handle copy operations on transitive grants has built in
   retry logic, involving a function reinvoking itself with unchanged
   parameters.  Such use assumes that the compiler would also translate
   this to a so called "tail call" when generating machine code.
   Empirically, this is not commonly the case, allowing for
   theoretically unbounded nesting of such function calls.

2) The reference counting and locking discipline for transitive grants
   is broken.  Concurrent use of the transitive grant can leak
   references on the transitively-referenced grant.

IMPACT
======

A malicious or buggy guest may be able to crash Xen.  Privilege
escalation and information leaks cannot be ruled out.  A malicious or
buggy guest can leak references on grants it has been given, amounting
to a DoS against the grantee.

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

All versions of Xen are vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

There is no known mitigation.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Jan Beulich of SUSE.

The security team would also like to thank Amazon for helping to identify that
the problems with transitive grants were deeper than originally believed.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch works around this issue by disabling
transitive grants by default.

xsa226.patch           xen-unstable, Xen 4.9.x, Xen 4.8.x
xsa226-4.7.patch       Xen 4.7.x
xsa226-4.6.patch       Xen 4.6.x
xsa226-4.5.patch       Xen 4.5.x

$ sha256sum xsa226*
b09e07aaf422ae04a4ece5e2c5b5e54036cfae5b5c632bfc6953a0cacd6f60ff  xsa226.patch
ca8b92b2ff58b87e8bec137a34784cbf11e2820659046df6e1d71e23bf7e7dee  xsa226-4.5.patch
28c7df7edabb91fb2f1fa3fc7d6906bfae75a6e701f1cd335baafaae3e087696  xsa226-4.6.patch
fffcc0a4428723e6aea391ff4f1d27326b5a3763d2308cbde64e6a786502c702  xsa226-4.7.patch
$

(The .meta file is a prototype machine-readable file for describing
which patches are to be applied how.)

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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Download attachment "xsa226.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (4517 bytes)

Download attachment "xsa226-4.5.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (4545 bytes)

Download attachment "xsa226-4.6.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (4510 bytes)

Download attachment "xsa226-4.7.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (4521 bytes)

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