FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- Long latency populate-on-demand operation is not preemptible (83350009-881e-11e5-ab94-002590263bf5)

2015-11-11T00:00:00
ID FREEBSD_PKG_83350009881E11E5AB94002590263BF5.NASL
Type nessus
Reporter This script is Copyright (C) 2015-2021 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.
Modified 2015-11-11T00:00:00

Description

The Xen Project reports :

When running an HVM domain in Populate-on-Demand mode, Xen would sometimes search the domain for memory to reclaim, in response to demands for population of other pages in the same domain. This search runs without preemption. The guest can, by suitable arrangement of its memory contents, create a situation where this search is a time-consuming linear scan of the guest's address space.

A malicious HVM guest administrator can cause a denial of service. Specifically, prevent use of a physical CPU for a significant period.

                                        
                                            #%NASL_MIN_LEVEL 70300
#
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#
# The descriptive text and package checks in this plugin were  
# extracted from the FreeBSD VuXML database :
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include('deprecated_nasl_level.inc');
include('compat.inc');

if (description)
{
  script_id(86838);
  script_version("2.4");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_modification_date", value:"2021/01/06");

  script_cve_id("CVE-2015-7970");

  script_name(english:"FreeBSD : xen-kernel -- Long latency populate-on-demand operation is not preemptible (83350009-881e-11e5-ab94-002590263bf5)");
  script_summary(english:"Checks for updated package in pkg_info output");

  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"synopsis", 
    value:"The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update."
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"description", 
    value:
"The Xen Project reports :

When running an HVM domain in Populate-on-Demand mode, Xen would
sometimes search the domain for memory to reclaim, in response to
demands for population of other pages in the same domain. This search
runs without preemption. The guest can, by suitable arrangement of its
memory contents, create a situation where this search is a
time-consuming linear scan of the guest's address space.

A malicious HVM guest administrator can cause a denial of service.
Specifically, prevent use of a physical CPU for a significant period."
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"see_also",
    value:"http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-150.html"
  );
  # https://vuxml.freebsd.org/freebsd/83350009-881e-11e5-ab94-002590263bf5.html
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"see_also",
    value:"http://www.nessus.org/u?5c6dca42"
  );
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"solution", value:"Update the affected package.");
  script_set_cvss_base_vector("CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"local");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:xen-kernel");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"vuln_publication_date", value:"2015/10/29");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2015/11/11");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2015/11/11");
  script_end_attributes();

  script_category(ACT_GATHER_INFO);
  script_copyright(english:"This script is Copyright (C) 2015-2021 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.");
  script_family(english:"FreeBSD Local Security Checks");

  script_dependencies("ssh_get_info.nasl");
  script_require_keys("Host/local_checks_enabled", "Host/FreeBSD/release", "Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info");

  exit(0);
}


include("audit.inc");
include("freebsd_package.inc");


if (!get_kb_item("Host/local_checks_enabled")) audit(AUDIT_LOCAL_CHECKS_NOT_ENABLED);
if (!get_kb_item("Host/FreeBSD/release")) audit(AUDIT_OS_NOT, "FreeBSD");
if (!get_kb_item("Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info")) audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_LIST_MISSING);


flag = 0;

if (pkg_test(save_report:TRUE, pkg:"xen-kernel>=3.4<4.5.1_1")) flag++;

if (flag)
{
  if (report_verbosity > 0) security_warning(port:0, extra:pkg_report_get());
  else security_warning(0);
  exit(0);
}
else audit(AUDIT_HOST_NOT, "affected");