CVE-2020-29571

NameCVE-2020-29571
DescriptionAn issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. A bounds check common to most operation time functions specific to FIFO event channels depends on the CPU observing consistent state. While the producer side uses appropriately ordered writes, the consumer side isn't protected against re-ordered reads, and may hence end up de-referencing a NULL pointer. Malicious or buggy guest kernels can mount a Denial of Service (DoS) attack affecting the entire system. Only Arm systems may be vulnerable. Whether a system is vulnerable depends on the specific CPU. x86 systems are not vulnerable.
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ReferencesDSA-4812-1
NVD severitymedium

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
xen (PTS)stretch (security), stretch4.8.5.final+shim4.10.4-1+deb9u12vulnerable
buster, buster (security)4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2fixed
bullseye4.14.0+88-g1d1d1f5391-2fixed
sid4.14.1+11-gb0b734a8b3-1fixed

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
xensourcestretch(unfixed)end-of-life
xensourcebuster4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2DSA-4812-1
xensource(unstable)4.14.0+88-g1d1d1f5391-1

Notes

[stretch] - xen <end-of-life> (DSA 4602-1)
https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-359.html

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