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964264: CVE-2013-2078 kernel: xen: Hypervisor crash due to missing exception recovery on XSETBV

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Xen 4.0.2 through 4.0.4, 4.1.x, and 4.2.x allows local PV guest users to cause a denial of service (hypervisor crash) via certain bit combinations to the XSETBV instruction.

Find out more about CVE-2013-2078 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 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 Linux 5 kernel-xen Not affected


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