CVE-2019-19580

NameCVE-2019-19580
DescriptionAn issue was discovered in Xen through 4.12.x allowing x86 PV guest OS users to gain host OS privileges by leveraging race conditions in pagetable promotion and demotion operations, because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2019-18421. XSA-299 addressed several critical issues in restartable PV type change operations. Despite extensive testing and auditing, some corner cases were missed. A malicious PV guest administrator may be able to escalate their privilege to that of the host. All security-supported versions of Xen are vulnerable. Only x86 systems are affected. Arm systems are not affected. Only x86 PV guests can leverage the vulnerability. x86 HVM and PVH guests cannot leverage the vulnerability. Note that these attacks require very precise timing, which may be difficult to exploit in practice.
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ReferencesDSA-4602-1
NVD severitymedium
Debian Bugs947944

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
xen (PTS)jessie4.4.1-9+deb8u10vulnerable
jessie (security)4.4.4lts5-0+deb8u1vulnerable
stretch (security), stretch4.8.5.final+shim4.10.4-1+deb9u12fixed
buster, buster (security)4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1~deb10u1fixed
bullseye, sid4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
xensource(unstable)4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1947944
xensourcebuster4.11.3+24-g14b62ab3e5-1~deb10u1DSA-4602-1
xensourcejessie(unfixed)end-of-life
xensourcestretch4.8.5.final+shim4.10.4-1+deb9u12DSA-4602-1

Notes

[jessie] - xen <end-of-life> (Not supported in jessie LTS)
https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-310.html

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