ARM: Some memory not scrubbed at boot

2017-09-28T17:26:00
ID XSA-245
Type xen
Reporter Xen Project
Modified 2017-09-28T17:26:00

Description

ISSUE DESCRIPTION

Data can remain readable in DRAM across soft and even hard reboots. To ensure that sensitive data is not leaked from one domain to another after a reboot, Xen must "scrub" all memory on boot (write it with zeroes). Unfortunately, it was discovered that when memory was in disjoint blocks, or when the first block didn't begin at physical address 0, arithmetic errors meant that some memory was not scrubbed.

IMPACT

Sensitive information from one domain before a reboot might be visible to another domain after a reboot.

VULNERABLE SYSTEMS

Only ARM systems are vulnerable. All versions of Xen since 4.5 are vulnerable. Only hardware with disjoint blocks, or physical addresses not starting at 0 are vulnerable; this includes the majority of ARM systems.