An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.12.x allowing x86 PV guest OS
users to cause a denial of service via a VCPUOP_initialise hypercall.
hypercall_create_continuation() is a variadic function which uses a
printf-like format string to interpret its parameters. Error handling for a
bad format character was done using BUG(), which crashes Xen. One path, via
the VCPUOP_initialise hypercall, has a bad format character. The BUG() can
be hit if VCPUOP_initialise executes for a sufficiently long period of time
for a continuation to be created. Malicious guests may cause a hypervisor
crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). Xen versions 4.6 and newer
are vulnerable. Xen versions 4.5 and earlier are not vulnerable. Only x86
PV guests can exploit the vulnerability. HVM and PVH guests, and guests on
ARM systems, cannot exploit the vulnerability.
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Source: xen (LP Ubuntu Debian)
Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Precise Pangolin):DNE
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr):DNE
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus):needs-triage
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver):needs-triage
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa):not-affected (4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1ubuntu1)
Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla):not-affected (4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1ubuntu1)
Binaries built from this source package are in universe and so are supported by the community. For more details see
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Updated: 2020-10-24 06:57:32 UTC (commit 69e225d81a6ee3e2e014950178db797c5d4e5009)