ID CVE-2018-19964
Summary An issue was discovered in Xen 4.11.x allowing x86 guest OS users to cause a denial of service (host OS hang) because the p2m lock remains unavailable indefinitely in certain error conditions.
Vulnerable Configurations
Base: 4.9
  • Fuzzing for garnering J2EE/.NET-based stack traces, for application mapping
    An attacker sends random, malformed, or otherwise unexpected messages to a target application and observes any stack traces produced by error messages. Fuzzing techniques involve sending random or malformed messages to a target and monitoring the target's response. The attacker does not initially know how a target will respond to individual messages but by attempting a large number of message variants they may find a variant that trigger's desired behavior. In this attack, the purpose of the fuzzing is to cause the targeted application to return an error including a stack trace, although fuzzing a target can also sometimes cause the target to enter an unstable state, causing a crash. The stack trace enumerates the chain of methods that led up to the point where the error was encountered. This can not only reveal the names of the methods (some of which may have known weaknesses) but possibly also the location of class files and libraries as well as parameter values. In some cases, the stack trace might even disclose sensitive configuration or user information.
  • Fuzzing
    Fuzzing is a software testing method that feeds randomly constructed input to the system and looks for an indication that a failure in response to that input has occurred. Fuzzing treats the system as a black box and is totally free from any preconceptions or assumptions about the system. An attacker can leverage fuzzing to try to identify weaknesses in the system. For instance fuzzing can help an attacker discover certain assumptions made in the system about user input. Fuzzing gives an attacker a quick way of potentially uncovering some of these assumptions without really knowing anything about the internals of the system. These assumptions can then be turned against the system by specially crafting user input that may allow an attacker to achieve his goals.
nessus via4
  • NASL family Misc.
    description According to its self-reported version number, the Xen hypervisor installed on the remote host is affected by a guest-to-host denial of service vulnerability. An attacker located on a guest virtual machine may be able to exploit this vulnerability to affect the availability of the host system. Only x86 systems running untrusted HVM or PVH guests are considered vulnerable. Note that Nessus has checked the changeset versions based on the xen.git change log. Nessus did not check guest hardware configurations or if patches were applied manually to the source code before a recompile and reinstall.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-12-13
    plugin id 119658
    published 2018-12-13
    reporter Tenable
    title Xen Project Guest p2m Page Removal Error Handling DoS (XSA-277)
  • NASL family SuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL id SUSE_SU-2019-0003-1.NASL
    description This update for xen fixes the following issues : Update to Xen 4.11.1 bug fix release (bsc#1027519) CVE-2018-17963: Fixed an integer overflow issue in the QEMU emulator, which could occur when a packet with large packet size is processed. A user inside a guest could have used this flaw to crash the qemu process resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). (bsc#1111014) CVE-2018-18849: Fixed an out of bounds memory access in the LSI53C895A SCSI host bus adapter emulation, which allowed a user and/or process to crash the qemu process resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). (bsc#1114423) CVE-2018-18883: Fixed an issue related to inproper restriction of nested VT-x, which allowed a guest to cause Xen to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). (XSA-278) (bsc#1114405) CVE-2018-19961, CVE-2018-19962: Fixed an issue related to insufficient TLB flushing with AMD IOMMUs, which potentially allowed a guest to escalate its privileges, may cause a Denial of Service (DoS) affecting the entire host, or may be able to access data it is not supposed to access. (XSA-275) (bsc#1115040) CVE-2018-19963: Fixed the allocation of pages used to communicate with external emulators, which may have cuased Xen to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). (XSA-276) (bsc#1115043) CVE-2018-19965: Fixed an issue related to the INVPCID instruction in case non-canonical addresses are accessed, which may allow a guest to cause Xen to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS) affecting the entire host. (XSA-279) (bsc#1115045) CVE-2018-19966: Fixed an issue related to a previous fix for XSA-240, which conflicted with shadow paging and allowed a guest to cause Xen to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS) (XSA-280) (bsc#1115047) CVE-2018-19967: Fixed HLE constructs that allowed guests to lock up the host, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). (XSA-282) (bsc#1114988) CVE-2018-19964: Fixed the incorrect error handling of p2m page removals, which allowed a guest to cause a deadlock, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS) affecting the entire host. (XSA-277) (bsc#1115044) CVE-2018-19665: Fixed an integer overflow resulting in memory corruption in various Bluetooth functions, allowing this to crash qemu process resulting in Denial of Service (DoS). (bsc#1117756). Other bugs fixed: Fixed an issue related to a domU hang on SLE12-SP3 HV (bsc#1108940) Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2019-01-07
    plugin id 120983
    published 2019-01-07
    reporter Tenable
    title SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : xen (SUSE-SU-2019:0003-1)
refmap via4
bid 106182
Last major update 07-12-2018 - 23:29
Published 07-12-2018 - 23:29
Last modified 28-12-2018 - 13:37
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