grant_table: possibly premature clearing of GTF_writing / GTF_reading

2017-08-15T12:00:00
ID XSA-230
Type xen
Reporter Xen Project
Modified 2017-08-15T12:04:00

Description

ISSUE DESCRIPTION

Xen maintains the GTF{read,writ}ing bits as appropriate, to inform the guest that a grant is in use. A guest is expected not to modify the grant details while it is in use, whereas the guest is free to modify/reuse the grant entry when it is not in use. Under some circumstances, Xen will clear the status bits too early, incorrectly informing the guest that the grant is no longer in use.

IMPACT

A guest may prematurely believe that a granted frame is safely private again, and reuse it in a way which contains sensitive information, while the domain on the far end of the grant is still using the grant.

VULNERABLE SYSTEMS

All systems are vulnerable.