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CVE-2013-1917

Impact:
Important
Public Date:
2013-04-18
Bugzilla:
950668: CVE-2013-1917 kernel: xen: Xen PV DoS vulnerability with SYSENTER

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Xen 3.1 through 4.x, when running 64-bit hosts on Intel CPUs, does not clear the NT flag when using an IRET after a SYSENTER instruction, which allows PV guest users to cause a denial of service (hypervisor crash) by triggering a #GP fault, which is not properly handled by another IRET instruction.

Find out more about CVE-2013-1917 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.

Statement

Not vulnerable.

This issue did not affect the versions of the kernel-xen package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as we did not have support for sysenter for 64bit PV guests running on the Xen hypervisor (introduced in upstream changeset 16207:aeebd173c3fa).

This issue did not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with 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 5.7
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 realtime-kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel-xen Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected

Acknowledgements

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

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