Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 12:00:43 +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 428 v3 (CVE-2022-42333,CVE-2022-42334) - x86/HVM pinned cache attributes mis-handling -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 Xen Security Advisory CVE-2022-42333,CVE-2022-42334 / XSA-428 version 3 x86/HVM pinned cache attributes mis-handling UPDATES IN VERSION 3 ==================== Public release. ISSUE DESCRIPTION ================= To allow cachability control for HVM guests with passed through devices, an interface exists to explicitly override defaults which would otherwise be put in place. While not exposed to the affected guests themselves, the interface specifically exists for domains controlling such guests. This interface may therefore be used by not fully privileged entities, e.g. qemu running deprivileged in Dom0 or qemu running in a so called stub-domain. With this exposure it is an issue that - the number of the such controlled regions was unbounded (CVE-2022-42333), - installation and removal of such regions was not properly serialized (CVE-2022-42334). IMPACT ====== Entities controlling HVM guests can run the host out of resources or stall execution of a physical CPU for effectively unbounded periods of time, resulting in a Denial of Servis (DoS) affecting the entire host. Crashes, information leaks, or elevation of privilege cannot be ruled out. VULNERABLE SYSTEMS ================== Xen versions 4.11 through 4.17 are vulnerable. Older versions contain the same functionality, but it is exposed there only via an interface which is subject to XSA-77's constraints. Only x86 systems are potentially vulnerable. Arm systems are not vulnerable. Only entities controlling HVM guests can leverage the vulnerability. These are device models running in either a stub domain or de-privileged in Dom0. MITIGATION ========== Running only PV or PVH guests will avoid the vulnerability. (Switching from a device model stub domain or a de-privileged device model to a fully privileged Dom0 device model does NOT mitigate this vulnerability. Rather, it simply recategorises the vulnerability to hostile management code, regarding it "as designed"; thus it merely reclassifies these issues as "not a bug". The security of a Xen system using stub domains is still better than with a qemu-dm running as a Dom0 process. Users and vendors of stub qemu dm systems should not change their configuration to use a Dom0 qemu process.) CREDITS ======= Aspects of this issue were discovered by Andrew Cooper of XenServer and Jan Beulich of SUSE. RESOLUTION ========== Applying the appropriate set of attached patches resolves this issue. Note that patches for released versions are generally prepared to apply to the stable branches, and may not apply cleanly to the most recent release tarball. Downstreams are encouraged to update to the tip of the stable branch before applying these patches. xsa428-?.patch xen-unstable xsa428-4.17-?.patch Xen 4.17.x xsa428-4.16-?.patch Xen 4.16.x - 4.14.x $ sha256sum xsa428* a7bd8d4c1e8579aeda47564efdc960cac92472387ba57d7f7a6d5d79470ebd6f xsa428.meta 85a421d9123a56894124bed54731b8b6f2e86ad4e286871dee86efff519f4c68 xsa428-1.patch 3b691ca228592539a751ce5af69f31e09d9c477218d53af0602ac5f39f1e74d7 xsa428-2.patch da60e01a17f9073c83098d187c07bad3a868a6b7f97dbc538cb5ea5698c51b39 xsa428-4.16-1.patch 27718a7a86fd57624cd8500df83eb42ff3499670bc807c6555686c25e7f7b01a xsa428-4.16-2.patch da60e01a17f9073c83098d187c07bad3a868a6b7f97dbc538cb5ea5698c51b39 xsa428-4.17-1.patch 20d3b66da8fe06d7e92992218e519f4f9746791d4ba5610d84a335f38a824fcb xsa428-4.17-2.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. (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----- iQFABAEBCAAqFiEEI+MiLBRfRHX6gGCng/4UyVfoK9kFAmQZlkwMHHBncEB4ZW4u b3JnAAoJEIP+FMlX6CvZevEH/R0hCjoC/n2AJSr2dOU97c4bZmjeB5mTnWrOtOMA AZnP68nvEzQ7OYfI4ihl+wgtKUvyVXLOWaBH9lKL8CySxrCX1r3BILMGhtDKViV4 opnKOoy0Ejg3H68x5McPhdr+PkvXWTzoNqbkUYMbNTw7ktB4Ze0mbsmKoXDUiLru QZZ0XxtL4jc+d8GUM0k3Msy0p3lLYvIob8k6DWg7RdWxiIOxL43pKNvShgh7ZehN P0S/PknVLpoPKzKFzMWrzakhZYYsOWoNM9U7C0zEozX4qrnsyQp3o3mvW/8MrPA+ 5BKsIjSYxdleUzLSNks7Xn0nG+ki6kOrwPjFGGOGAwoR8aE= =ILYn -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- Download attachment "xsa428.meta" of type "application/octet-stream" (1466 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-1.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (1288 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-2.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (3685 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-4.16-1.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (1288 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-4.16-2.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (3689 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-4.17-1.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (1288 bytes) Download attachment "xsa428-4.17-2.patch" of type "application/octet-stream" (3698 bytes)
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