Xen up to 4.9.x Shadow Mode input validation

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A vulnerability has been found in Xen up to 4.9.x (Virtualization Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality of the component Shadow Mode. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 12/12/2017. The weakness was published 12/12/2017 by Jan Beulich (Website). The advisory is shared for download at openwall.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-17565 since 12/12/2017. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 105493 (Xen Function M2P Entry Access Handling Guest-to-Host DoS (XSA-251)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc. and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 170761 (SUSE Enterprise Linux Security Update for xen (SUSE-SU-2018:0438-1)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (105493). Similar entries are available at 110558, 110559, 110561 and 112341.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.3

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Class: Input validation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
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Nessus ID: 105493
Nessus Name: Xen Function M2P Entry Access Handling Guest-to-Host DoS (XSA-251)
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OpenVAS ID: 63884
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for xen FEDORA-2017-5945560816
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Advisory: DLA 1230-1
Researcher: Jan Beulich
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2017-17565 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1040771
SecurityFocus: 102175 - Xen 'arch/x86/mm/paging.c' Denial of Service vulnerability

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Created: 12/13/2017 08:11 AM
Updated: 01/17/2023 02:14 PM
Changes: 12/13/2017 08:11 AM (73), 12/14/2019 09:49 AM (7), 01/27/2021 09:24 AM (2), 01/17/2023 02:14 PM (3)
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