|Public release ||2013-12-02 17:13|
|Updated ||2014-02-19 16:54|
|Title ||Guest triggerable AMD CPU erratum may cause host hang|
Filesadvisory-82.txt (signed advisory file)
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Xen Security Advisory CVE-2013-6885 / XSA-82
Guest triggerable AMD CPU erratum may cause host hang
UPDATES IN VERSION 4
The original fix for 4.2.x and 4.1.x was found to deal with 64-bit
hypervisors only. Incremental patches to also address 32-bit ones are
now being provided in addition.
AMD CPU erratum 793 "Specific Combination of Writes to Write Combined
Memory Types and Locked Instructions May Cause Core Hang" describes a
situation under which a CPU core may hang.
A malicious guest administrator can mount a denial of service attack
affecting the whole system.
The vulnerability is applicable only to family 16h model 00h-0fh AMD
Such CPUs running Xen versions 3.3 onwards are vulnerable. We have
not checked earlier versions of Xen.
HVM guests can always exploit the vulnerability if it is present.
PV guests can exploit the vulnerability only if they have been granted
access to physical device(s).
Non-AMD CPUs are not vulnerable.
This issue's security impact was discovered by Jan Beulich.
This issue can be avoided by neither running HVM guests, nor assigning
PCI devices to PV guests.
The attached xsa82.patch contains a software workaround which resolves
this issue for 64-bit hypervisors. To also resolve the issue on 32-bit
hypervisors (Xen 4.2.x and 4.1.x only), the respective attached
xsa82-4.?-32bit.patch needs to be applied on top.
Alternatively, the recommended workaround can be implemented in
firmware, so a suitable firmware update will resolve the issue.
If you require a firmware update please consult your vendor.
xsa82.patch Xen 4.1.x, Xen 4.2.x, Xen 4.3.x, xen-unstable
xsa82-4.1-32bit.patch Xen 4.1.x
xsa82-4.2-32bit.patch Xen 4.2.x
$ sha256sum xsa82*.patch
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Xenproject.org Security Team