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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Xen Vendors:   Xen Project
Xen Control Register Access Race Condition Lets Local Users on a Guest System Read or Modify Register State Data for Other Processes on the Guest System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1036942
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1036942
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-7777   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 5 2016
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of system information, Modification of authentication information, Modification of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 4.4.x, 4.5.x, 4.6.x, 4.7.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Xen. A local user on the guest system can read or modify information from other processes on the guest system.

A local unprivileged user that can trigger the Xen instruction emulator on the guest system can exploit an access control race condition in certain control registers to read or modify FPU, MMX, and XMM register state data for another process within the same guest system.

x86 HVM guests are affected.

x86 PV or ARM guests are not affected.

Jan Beulich of SUSE reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user on the guest system can read or modify register state information from other processes on the guest system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (xsa190-4.5.patch, xsa190-4.6.patch, and xsa190.patch).

The vendor advisory is available at:

http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-190.html

Vendor URL:  xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-190.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, State error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Oct 13 2016 (Citrix Issues Fix for Citrix XenServer) Xen Control Register Access Race Condition Lets Local Users on a Guest System Read or Modify Register State Data for Other Processes on the Guest System
Citrix has issued a fix for Citrix XenServer.



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