Bug 1590979 (CVE-2018-12893) - CVE-2018-12893 xen: x86 DB exception safety check can be triggered by a guest (XSA-265)
Summary: CVE-2018-12893 xen: x86 DB exception safety check can be triggered by a guest...
Alias: CVE-2018-12893
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: impact=moderate,public=20180627:2100,...
Keywords: Security
Depends On: 1595958
Blocks: 1590980
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-06-13 20:28 UTC by Laura Pardo
Modified: 2019-06-08 22:57 UTC (History)
13 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2018-06-28 09:31:19 UTC

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Description Laura Pardo 2018-06-13 20:28:33 UTC

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.

Comment 1 Laura Pardo 2018-06-27 22:10:05 UTC
Created xen tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1595958]

Comment 2 Petr Matousek 2018-06-28 09:30:42 UTC

Name: the Xen project
Upstream: Andrew Cooper (Citrix)

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