Information

Advisory XSA-383
Public release 2021-08-25 12:00
Updated 2021-08-25 12:00
Version 2
CVE(s) CVE-2021-28700
Title xen/arm: No memory limit for dom0less domUs

Files

advisory-383.txt (signed advisory file)
xsa383.meta
xsa383.patch
xsa383-4.12.patch

Advisory


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            Xen Security Advisory CVE-2021-28700 / XSA-383
                               version 2

              xen/arm: No memory limit for dom0less domUs

UPDATES IN VERSION 2
====================

Public release.

ISSUE DESCRIPTION
=================

The dom0less feature allows an administrator to create multiple
unprivileged domains directly from Xen.  Unfortunately, the
memory limit from them is not set. This allow a domain to allocate
memory beyond what an administrator originally configured.

IMPACT
======

Malicious dom0less guest could drive Xen out of memory and may
result to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack affecting the entire
system.

VULNERABLE SYSTEMS
==================

Only Arm systems are vulnerable. Only domains created using the
dom0less feature are affected.

Only domains created using the dom0less feature can leverage the
vulnerability.

All versions of Xen since 4.12 are vulnerable.

MITIGATION
==========

There is no known mitigation.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Julien Grall of Amazon.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

Note that patches for released versions are generally prepared to
apply to the stable branches, and may not apply cleanly to the most
recent release tarball.  Downstreams are encouraged to update to the
tip of the stable branch before applying these patches.

xsa383.patch           xen-unstable - Xen 4.13.x
xsa383-4.12.patch      Xen 4.12.x

$ sha256sum xsa383*
773fe38d5d182ce43b5552fcdf6ed08c33126ed728e40d94c5050f89bfb3bd4d  xsa383.meta
cfd0632d250cc36d88269ae08e19e742c6bd07ba130c2604d51a10ba64d4e413  xsa383.patch
d18f72fa595f330fa8ed13c9412a36fba58a8baf9ad30b9fc2fd4e4533c0ee1a  xsa383-4.12.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
administrators.

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
Team.

(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:
  http://www.xenproject.org/security-policy.html
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Xenproject.org Security Team