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Xen Security Advisory 238 - DMOP map/unmap missing argument checks

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                    Xen Security Advisory XSA-238
                              version 2

                DMOP map/unmap missing argument checks

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

Public release.

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

DMOPs (which were a subgroup of HVMOPs in older releases) allow guests
to control and drive other guests.  The I/O request server page mapping
interface uses range sets to represent I/O resources the emulation of
which is provided by a given I/O request server.  The internals of the
range set implementation require that ranges have a starting value no
lower than the ending one.  Checks for this fact were missing.

IMPACT
======

Malicious or buggy stub domain kernels or tool stacks otherwise living
outside of Domain0 can mount a denial of service attack which, if
successful, can affect the whole system.

Only domains controlling HVM guests can exploit this vulnerability.
(This includes domains providing hardware emulation services to HVM
guests.)

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

Xen versions 4.5 and later are vulnerable.  Xen versions 4.4 and
earlier are not vulnerable.

Only x86 systems are affected.  ARM systems are not affected.

This vulnerability is only applicable to Xen systems using stub domains
or other forms of disaggregation of control domains for HVM guests.

MITIGATION
==========

Running only PV guests will avoid this issue.

(The security of a Xen system using stub domains is still better than
with a qemu-dm running as an unrestricted dom0 process.  Therefore
users with these configurations should not switch to an unrestricted
dom0 qemu-dm.)

CREDITS
=======

This issue was discovered by Vitaly Kuznetsov of RedHat.

RESOLUTION
==========

Applying the appropriate attached patch resolves this issue.

xsa238.patch           xen-unstable, Xen 4.9.x, Xen 4.8.x, Xen 4.7.x
xsa238-4.6.patch       Xen 4.6.x
xsa238-4.5.patch       Xen 4.5.x

$ sha256sum xsa238*
3cced09a1fb2936644d654c568f38580952328b84e28601b019ea74122228c36  xsa238.meta
85d3f9713bef1bc86c682857dbd7388a1d1f20089363ddfc4cb9ecbd88eaffec  xsa238.patch
034e91c234f6831dbaa1aaf29f4f90de2e822f99301424f7f3527f9da883ff68  xsa238-4.5.patch
29255a81729b24866e594426167de5fbef70de21ef62a95ba95de191d2a7fd54  xsa238-4.6.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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