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CVE-2020-29482

Published: 15 December 2020

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. A guest may access xenstore paths via absolute paths containing a full pathname, or via a relative path, which implicitly includes /local/domain/$DOMID for their own domain id. Management tools must access paths in guests' namespaces, necessarily using absolute paths. oxenstored imposes a pathname limit that is applied solely to the relative or absolute path specified by the client. Therefore, a guest can create paths in its own namespace which are too long for management tools to access. Depending on the toolstack in use, a malicious guest administrator might cause some management tools and debugging operations to fail. For example, a guest administrator can cause "xenstore-ls -r" to fail. However, a guest administrator cannot prevent the host administrator from tearing down the domain. All systems using oxenstored are vulnerable. Building and using oxenstored is the default in the upstream Xen distribution, if the Ocaml compiler is available. Systems using C xenstored are not vulnerable.

Notes

AuthorNote
mdeslaur
hypervisor packages are in universe. For
issues in the hypervisor, add appropriate
tags to each section, ex:
Tags_xen: universe-binary

Priority

Medium

Cvss 3 Severity Score

6.0

Score breakdown

Status

Package Release Status
xen
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needed

focal Needed

groovy Ignored
(end of life)
hirsute Ignored
(end of life)
impish Ignored
(end of life)
jammy Not vulnerable
(4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2)
kinetic Not vulnerable
(4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2)
lunar Not vulnerable
(4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2)
mantic Not vulnerable
(4.11.4+57-g41a822c392-2)
trusty Does not exist

upstream Needs triage

xenial Needed

Binaries built from this source package are in Universe and so are supported by the community.

Severity score breakdown

Parameter Value
Base score 6.0
Attack vector Local
Attack complexity Low
Privileges required High
User interaction None
Scope Changed
Confidentiality None
Integrity impact None
Availability impact High
Vector CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H