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Published: 27 August 2021

long running loops in grant table handling In order to properly monitor resource use, Xen maintains information on the grant mappings a domain may create to map grants offered by other domains. In the process of carrying out certain actions, Xen would iterate over all such entries, including ones which aren't in use anymore and some which may have been created but never used. If the number of entries for a given domain is large enough, this iterating of the entire table may tie up a CPU for too long, starving other domains or causing issues in the hypervisor itself. Note that a domain may map its own grants, i.e. there is no need for multiple domains to be involved here. A pair of "cooperating" guests may, however, cause the effects to be more severe.



CVSS 3 base score: 5.5


Package Release Status
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
bionic Needs triage

focal Needs triage

hirsute Ignored
(reached end-of-life)
impish Needs triage

jammy Needs triage

trusty Does not exist

upstream Needs triage

xenial Needs triage


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