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877404: CVE-2012-5525 kernel: xen: several hypercalls do not validate input GFNs

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The get_page_from_gfn hypercall function in Xen 4.2 allows local PV guest OS administrators to cause a denial of service (crash) via a crafted GFN that triggers a buffer over-read.

Find out more about CVE-2012-5525 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of the kernel-xen package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This issue did not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG as we did not have support for Xen hypervisor.

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 6.5
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:H/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity High
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact Complete
Availability Impact Complete

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Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel-xen Not affected


Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting this issue.