One of the fixes in XSA-260 added some safety checks to help prevent Xen
livelocking with debug exceptions. Unfortunately, due to an oversight, at
least one of these safety checks can be triggered by a guest.
A malicious PV guest can crash Xen, leading to a Denial of Service.
All Xen systems which have applied the XSA-260 fix are vulnerable.
Only x86 systems are vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable.
Only x86 PV guests can exploit the vulnerability. x86 HVM and PVH
guests cannot exploit the vulnerability.
An attacker needs to be able to control hardware debugging facilities to
exploit the vulnerability, but such permissions are typically available
to unprivileged users.
Running only x86 HVM or PVH guests will avoid the vulnerability.
Created xen tracking bugs for this issue:
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1595958]
Name: the Xen project
Upstream: Andrew Cooper (Citrix)