Bug 870412 (CVE-2012-4544)

Summary: CVE-2012-4544 xen: Xen domain builder Out-of-memory due to malicious kernel/ramdisk
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Petr Matousek <pmatouse>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Priority: medium    
Version: unspecifiedCC: drjones, imammedo, jforbes, jrusnack, kraxel, leiwang, lersek, m.a.young, mrezanin, pbonzini, tburke, virt-maint, wshi, xen-maint
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OS: Linux   
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Bug Depends On: 870413, 870414, 876997    
Bug Blocks: 870415, 903143    

Description Petr Matousek 2012-10-26 12:25:42 UTC
The Xen PV domain builder contained no validation of the size of the supplied kernel or ramdisk either before or after decompression. This could cause the toolstack to consume all available RAM in the domain running the domain builder.

A malicious guest administrator who can supply a kernel or ramdisk can exhaust memory in domain 0 leading to a denial of service attack.

HVM guests are not affected by this vulnerability.



Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting this issue.

Comment 2 Petr Matousek 2012-10-26 12:28:55 UTC
Created xen tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 870414]

Comment 6 errata-xmlrpc 2013-02-07 18:54:25 UTC
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2013:0241 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-0241.html