The mask bits optionally available in the PCI MSI capability structure are used by the hypervisor to occasionally suppress interrupt delivery. Unprivileged guests were, however, nevertheless allowed direct control of these bits.
Interrupts may be observed by Xen at unexpected times, which may lead to a host crash and therefore a Denial of Service.
Xen versions 3.3 and onwards are vulnerable due to supporting PCI pass-through.
Only x86 systems are vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable.
Only HVM guests with their device model run in Dom0 can take advantage of this vulnerability.
Only HVM guests which have been granted access to physical PCI devices (`PCI passthrough') can take advantage of this vulnerability.
Furthermore, the vulnerability is only applicable when the passed-through PCI devices are MSI-capable. (Most modern devices are.)
This issue can be avoided by not assigning MSI capable PCI devices to untrusted HVM guests.
This issue can also be avoided by only using PV guests.
It can also be avoided by configuring HVM guests with their device model run in a separate (stub) domain. (When using xl, this can be requested with "device_model_stubdomain_override=1" in the domain configuration file.)
Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting this issue.
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This issue does affect then Xen packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is now in Production 3 Phase of the support and maintenance life cycle. This has been rated as having Low security impact and is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle: https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/.
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Affects: fedora-all [bug 1227628]