CVE-2019-18420 Detail

Current Description

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.12.x allowing x86 PV guest OS users to cause a denial of service via a VCPUOP_initialise hypercall. hypercall_create_continuation() is a variadic function which uses a printf-like format string to interpret its parameters. Error handling for a bad format character was done using BUG(), which crashes Xen. One path, via the VCPUOP_initialise hypercall, has a bad format character. The BUG() can be hit if VCPUOP_initialise executes for a sufficiently long period of time for a continuation to be created. Malicious guests may cause a hypervisor crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). Xen versions 4.6 and newer are vulnerable. Xen versions 4.5 and earlier are not vulnerable. Only x86 PV guests can exploit the vulnerability. HVM and PVH guests, and guests on ARM systems, cannot exploit the vulnerability.


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Severity



CVSS 3.x Severity and Metrics:

NIST CVSS score
NIST: NVD
Base Score:  6.5 MEDIUM
Vector:  CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H


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Hyperlink Resource
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2019-11/msg00037.html
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2019/10/31/1 Mailing List  Patch  Third Party Advisory 
http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-296.html Patch  Vendor Advisory 
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/2BQKX7M2RHCWDBKNPX4KEBI3MJIH6AYZ/
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/I5WWPW4BSZDDW7VHU427XTVXV7ROOFFW/
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/IZYATWNUGHRBG6I3TC24YHP5Y3J7I6KH/
https://seclists.org/bugtraq/2020/Jan/21
https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/202003-56
https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4602

Weakness Enumeration

CWE-ID CWE Name Source
CWE-134 Use of Externally-Controlled Format String cwe source acceptance level NIST  

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Quick Info

CVE Dictionary Entry:
CVE-2019-18420
NVD Published Date:
10/31/2019
NVD Last Modified:
08/24/2020
Source:
MITRE