CVE-2020-25602 Detail

Current Description

An issue was discovered in Xen through 4.14.x. An x86 PV guest can trigger a host OS crash when handling guest access to MSR_MISC_ENABLE. When a guest accesses certain Model Specific Registers, Xen first reads the value from hardware to use as the basis for auditing the guest access. For the MISC_ENABLE MSR, which is an Intel specific MSR, this MSR read is performed without error handling for a #GP fault, which is the consequence of trying to read this MSR on non-Intel hardware. A buggy or malicious PV guest administrator can crash Xen, resulting in a host Denial of Service. Only x86 systems are vulnerable. ARM systems are not vulnerable. Only Xen versions 4.11 and onwards are vulnerable. 4.10 and earlier are not vulnerable. Only x86 systems that do not implement the MISC_ENABLE MSR (0x1a0) are vulnerable. AMD and Hygon systems do not implement this MSR and are vulnerable. Intel systems do implement this MSR and are not vulnerable. Other manufacturers have not been checked. Only x86 PV guests can exploit the vulnerability. x86 HVM/PVH guests cannot exploit the vulnerability.


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Severity



CVSS 3.x Severity and Metrics:

NIST CVSS score
NIST: NVD
Base Score:  6.0 MEDIUM
Vector:  CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:N/I:N/A:H


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Hyperlink Resource
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2020-10/msg00008.html Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/4JRXMKEMQRQYWYEPHVBIWUEAVQ3LU4FN/ Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/DA633Y3G5KX7MKRN4PFEGM3IVTJMBEOM/ Third Party Advisory 
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/package-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/message/RJZERRBJN6E6STDCHT4JHP4MI6TKBCJE/
https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4769 Third Party Advisory 
https://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-333.html Patch  Vendor Advisory 

Weakness Enumeration

CWE-ID CWE Name Source
CWE-755 Improper Handling of Exceptional Conditions cwe source acceptance level NIST  

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Quick Info

CVE Dictionary Entry:
CVE-2020-25602
NVD Published Date:
09/23/2020
NVD Last Modified:
10/07/2020
Source:
MITRE