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xen-tools -- libxl leak of pv kernel and initrd on error

Affected packages
4.1 <= xen-tools < 4.5.2_1


VuXML ID 5d1d4473-b40d-11e5-9728-002590263bf5
Discovery 2015-12-08
Entry 2016-01-06

The Xen Project reports:

When constructing a guest which is configured to use a PV bootloader which runs as a userspace process in the toolstack domain (e.g. pygrub) libxl creates a mapping of the files to be used as kernel and initial ramdisk when building the guest domain.

However if building the domain subsequently fails these mappings would not be released leading to a leak of virtual address space in the calling process, as well as preventing the recovery of the temporary disk files containing the kernel and initial ramdisk.

For toolstacks which manage multiple domains within the same process, an attacker who is able to repeatedly start a suitable domain (or many such domains) can cause an out-of-memory condition in the toolstack process, leading to a denial of service.

Under the same circumstances an attacker can also cause files to accumulate on the toolstack domain filesystem (usually under /var in dom0) used to temporarily store the kernel and initial ramdisk, perhaps leading to a denial of service against arbitrary other services using that filesystem.


CVE Name CVE-2015-8341
FreeBSD PR ports/205841