Bug 1970539 (CVE-2021-28692) - CVE-2021-28692 xen: inappropriate x86 IOMMU timeout detection / handling (XSA-373)
Summary: CVE-2021-28692 xen: inappropriate x86 IOMMU timeout detection / handling (XSA...
Alias: CVE-2021-28692
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1970540
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Reported: 2021-06-10 16:33 UTC by Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz
Modified: 2021-06-10 21:04 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2021-06-10 21:04:05 UTC

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Description Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2021-06-10 16:33:46 UTC
IOMMUs process commands issued to them in parallel with the operation of the CPU(s) issuing such commands.  In the current implementation in Xen, asynchronous notification of the completion of such commands is not used.  Instead, the issuing CPU spin-waits for the completion of the most recently issued command(s).  Some of these waiting loops try to apply a timeout to fail overly-slow commands.

The course of action upon a perceived timeout actually being detected is inappropriate:
 - on Intel hardware guests which did not originally cause the timeout
   may be marked as crashed,
 - on AMD hardware higher layer callers would not be notified of the
   issue, making them continue as if the IOMMU operation succeeded.


Comment 1 Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2021-06-10 16:34:06 UTC
Created xen tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1970540]

Comment 2 Product Security DevOps Team 2021-06-10 21:04:05 UTC
This CVE Bugzilla entry is for community support informational purposes only as it does not affect a package in a commercially supported Red Hat product. Refer to the dependent bugs for status of those individual community products.

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