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Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:56 +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 188 (CVE-2016-7154) - use after free in
 FIFO event channel code

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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2016-7154 / XSA-188
                              version 3

               use after free in FIFO event channel code

UPDATES IN VERSION 3
====================

Public release.

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

When the EVTCHNOP_init_control operation is called with a bad guest
frame number, it takes an error path which frees a control structure
without also clearing the corresponding pointer.  Certain subsequent
operations (EVTCHNOP_expand_array or another EVTCHNOP_init_control),
upon finding the non-NULL pointer, continue operation assuming it
points to allocated memory.

IMPACT
======

A malicious guest administrator can crash the host, leading to a DoS.
Arbitrary code execution (and therefore privilege escalation), and
information leaks, cannot be excluded.

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

Only Xen 4.4 is vulnerable.  Xen versions 4.5 and later as well as Xen
versions 4.3 and earlier are not vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

There is no mitigation available.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Mikhail Gorobets of Advanced Threat
Research, Intel Security.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa188.patch           Xen 4.4.x

$ sha256sum xsa188*
9f374c2e1437ad71369f41275e7b333e7b7691a783ba693ee567c899bd78c722  xsa188.patch
$

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.
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