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956163: CVE-2013-1918 kernel: xen: Several long latency operations are not preemptible

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Certain page table manipulation operations in Xen 4.1.x, 4.2.x, and earlier are not preemptible, which allows local PV kernels to cause a denial of service via vectors related to "deep page table traversal."

Find out more about CVE-2013-1918 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did 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 2. The risks associated with fixing this bug are greater than its security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future kernel-xen updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Using fully virtualized (HVM) guests, or PV guests with trusted kernel/administrator avoids this issue.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 5.2
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel-xen Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected


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