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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Xen Security Advisory CVE-2015-6654 / XSA-141
3 September 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: Xen
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2015-6654
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Xen Security Advisory CVE-2015-6654 / XSA-141
printk is not rate-limited in xenmem_add_to_physmap_one
UPDATES IN VERSION 3
XENMAPSPACE_gmfn_foreign dumps the p2m, on ARM, when it fails to get a
reference on the foreign page. However, dump_p2m_lookup does not use
A malicious infrastructure domain, which is allowed to map memory of
a foreign guest, would be able to flood the Xen console.
Domains deliberately given partial management control may be able to
deny service to other parts of the system.
As a result, in a system designed to enhance security by radically
disaggregating the management, the security may be reduced. But, the
security will be no worse than a non-disaggregated design.
This issue is only relevant to systems which intend to increase
security through the use of advanced disaggregated management
This does not include systems using libxl, libvirt, xm/xend,
XCP/XenServer, OpenStack or CloudStack (unless substantially modified
or supplemented, as compared to versions supplied by the respective
This issue is not relevant to stub device models, driver domains, or
stub xenstored. Those disaggregation techniques do not rely on
granting the semi-privileged support domains access to the affected
hypercall, and are believed to provide the intended security benefits.
Only ARM systems are potentially affected. All Xen versions which
support ARM are potentially affected.
Reducing the hypervisor log level can be used to suppress messages.
Switching from disaggregated to a non-disaggregated operation does NOT
mitigate these vulnerabilities. Rather, it simply recategorises the
vulnerability to hostile management code, regarding it "as designed";
thus it merely reclassifies these issues as "not a bug". Users and
vendors of disaggregated systems should not change their
This issue was discovered by Julien Grall of Citrix.
Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.
xsa141.patch Xen 4.4.x, 4.5.x, xen-unstable
$ sha256sum xsa141*.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
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
(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:
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