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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:08:40 +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 78 - Insufficient TLB flushing in VT-d
 (iommu) code

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                    Xen Security Advisory XSA-78

           Insufficient TLB flushing in VT-d (iommu) code

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

An inverted boolean parameter resulted in TLB flushes not happening
upon clearing of a present translation table entry.  Retaining stale
TLB entries could allow guests access to memory that ought to have
been revoked, or grant greater access than intended.

IMPACT
======

Malicious guest administrators might be able to cause host-wide denial
of service, or escalate their privilege to that of the host.

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

Xen 4.2.x and later are vulnerable.
Xen 4.1.x and earlier are not vulnerable.

Only systems using Intel VT-d for PCI passthrough are vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

This issue can be avoided by not assigning PCI devices to untrusted guests on
systems supporting Intel VT-d.

NOTE REGARDING LACK OF EMBARGO
==============================

This issue was disclosed publicly on the xen-devel mailing list.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa78.patch        Xen 4.2.x, Xen 4.3.x, xen-unstable

$ sha256sum xsa78*.patch
2b858188495542b393532dfeb108ae95cbb507a008b5ebf430b96c95272f9e0e  xsa78.patch
$
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