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Xen Security Advisory 216 - blkif responses leak backend stack data

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                    Xen Security Advisory XSA-216
                              version 3

                blkif responses leak backend stack data

UPDATES IN VERSION 3
====================

Public release.

Fix a typo ("our" for "or" in Vulnerable Systems).

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

The block interface response structure has some discontiguous fields.
Certain backends populate the structure fields of an otherwise
uninitialized instance of this structure on their stacks, leaking
data through the (internal or trailing) padding field.

IMPACT
======

A malicious unprivileged guest may be able to obtain sensitive
information from the host or other guests.

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

All Linux versions supporting the xen-blkback, blkback, or blktap
drivers are vulnerable.

FreeBSD, NetBSD and Windows (with or without PV drivers) are not
vulnerable (either because they do not have backends at all, or
because they use a different implementation technique which does not
suffer from this problem).

All qemu versions supporting the Xen block backend are vulnerable.  The
qemu-xen-traditional code base does not include such code, so is not
vulnerable.  Note that an instance of qemu will be spawned to provide
the backend for most non-raw-format disks; so you may need to apply the
patch to qemu even if you use only PV guests.

MITIGATION
==========

There's no mitigation available for x86 PV and ARM guests.

For x86 HVM guests it may be possible to change the guest
configuaration such that a fully virtualized disk is being made
available instead.  However, this would normally entail changes inside
the guest itself.

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Anthony Perard of Citrix.

For patch:
Reported by: Anthony Perard <[hidden email]>

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa216-linux-4.11.patch           Linux 4.5 ... 4.11
xsa216-linux-4.4.patch            Linux 3.3 ... 4.4
xsa216-qemuu.patch                qemu-upstream master, 4.8
xsa216-qemuu-4.7.patch            qemu-upstream 4.7, 4.6
xsa216-qemuu-4.5.patch            qemu-upstream 4.5
xsa216-linux-2.6.18-xen.patch     linux-2.6.18-xen.hg

$ sha256sum xsa216*
28beb3d876fa0eee77f4377ef2708d764a5d9a2003dd4f1a4ecb9b8bf60658a4  xsa216-linux-2.6.18-xen.patch
6f6138c0a00df4ed7307ae4e5ee30dbe8594ff05bc1e8fdc7cfd785077d72ddc  xsa216-linux-4.4.patch
e04da27961cd867f7bbba31677f61e3e425c0e7cc7352a7a2d22b5a35eaf8585  xsa216-linux-4.11.patch
850b0143cfe3c69c62abdad71be9813014d46c380109fc650689a10c90ff39f4  xsa216-qemuu.patch
072270274d2554b71579a529c908d16479f8eba6646d8aed2e3d129495b27716  xsa216-qemuu-4.5.patch
5a64e2c5bb78f1c8fae97354be10fcc63ea39d333d6490e3a422ff30460cdef1  xsa216-qemuu-4.7.patch
$

DEPLOYMENT DURING EMBARGO
=========================

Deployment of the patches described above (or others which are
substantially similar) is permitted during the embargo, even on
public-facing systems with untrusted guest users and administrators.

However, deployment of the mitigation is NOT permitted (except where
all the affected systems and VMs are administered and used only by
organisations which are members of the Xen Project Security Issues
Predisclosure List).  Specifically, deployment on public cloud systems
is NOT permitted.  This is because this produces a guest-visible
change which will indicate which component contains the vulnerability.

Additionally, 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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