An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.12.x allowing x86 AMD HVM guest OS
users to cause a denial of service or possibly gain privileges by
triggering data-structure access during pagetable-height updates. When
running on AMD systems with an IOMMU, Xen attempted to dynamically adapt
the number of levels of pagetables (the pagetable height) in the IOMMU
according to the guest's address space size. The code to select and update
the height had several bugs. Notably, the update was done without taking a
lock which is necessary for safe operation. A malicious guest administrator
can cause Xen to access data structures while they are being modified,
causing Xen to crash. Privilege escalation is thought to be very difficult
but cannot be ruled out. Additionally, there is a potential memory leak of
4kb per guest boot, under memory pressure. Only Xen on AMD CPUs is
vulnerable. Xen running on Intel CPUs is not vulnerable. ARM systems are
not vulnerable. Only systems where guests are given direct access to
physical devices are vulnerable. Systems which do not use PCI pass-through
are not vulnerable. Only HVM guests can exploit the vulnerability. PV and
PVH guests cannot. All versions of Xen with IOMMU support are vulnerable.
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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 19.10 (Eoan Ermine):needs-triage
Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa):not-affected (4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1ubuntu1)
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Updated: 2020-02-18 14:14:32 UTC (commit c0d61ad7c8b86ba29097cf5accfef1795e5a2080)