Potential unintended writes to host MSI message data field via qemu

ID XSA-128
Type xen
Reporter Xen Project
Modified 2015-06-02T14:02:00



Logic is in place to avoid writes to certain host config space fields when the guest must nevertheless be able to access their virtual counterparts. A bug in how this logic deals with accesses spanning multiple fields allows the guest to write to the host MSI message data field. While generally the writes write back the values previously read, their value in config space may have got changed by the host between the qemu read and write. In such a case host side interrupt handling could become confused, possibly losing interrupts or allowing spurious interrupt injection into other guests.


Certain untrusted guest administrators may be able to confuse host side interrupt handling, leading to a Denial of Service.


Xen versions 3.3 and onwards are vulnerable due to supporting PCI pass-through. Only x86 systems are vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable. Only HVM guests with their device model run in Dom0 can take advantage of this vulnerability. Only HVM guests which have been granted access to physical PCI devices (`PCI passthrough') can take advantage of this vulnerability. Furthermore, the vulnerability is only applicable when the passed-through PCI devices are MSI-capable. (Most modern devices are.)