Bug 1029120 - (CVE-2013-4553) CVE-2013-4553 kernel: xen: lock order reversal between page_alloc_lock and mm_rwlock
CVE-2013-4553 kernel: xen: lock order reversal between page_alloc_lock and mm...
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1034925
Blocks: 1029116
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Reported: 2013-11-11 12:15 EST by Petr Matousek
Modified: 2015-02-16 10:50 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2013-11-12 06:34:45 EST
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Description Petr Matousek 2013-11-11 12:15:33 EST
The locks page_alloc_lock and mm_rwlock are not always taken in the same order.  This raises the possibility of deadlock.

The incorrect order occurs only in the implementation of the deprecated domctl hypercall XEN_DOMCTL_getmemlist.

A malicious guest administrator may be able to deny service to the entire host.


Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting this issue.
Comment 5 Petr Matousek 2013-11-12 06:44:37 EST

Not vulnerable.

This issue did not affect the versions of the kernel-xen package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This issue did not affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 as we did not have support for Xen hypervisor.
Comment 6 Petr Matousek 2013-11-26 12:34:22 EST
This issue is public now:

Comment 7 Petr Matousek 2013-11-26 12:39:29 EST
Created xen tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1034925]

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