Description** DISPUTED ** Kernel Samepage Merging (KSM) in the Linux kernel 2.6.32 through 4.x does not prevent use of a write-timing side channel, which allows guest OS users to defeat the ASLR protection mechanism on other guest OS instances via a Cross-VM ASL INtrospection (CAIN) attack. NOTE: the vendor states "Basically if you care about this attack vector, disable deduplication." Share-until-written approaches for memory conservation among mutually untrusting tenants are inherently detectable for information disclosure, and can be classified as potentially misunderstood behaviors rather than vulnerabilities.
Overall state of this security issue: Ignore
This issue is currently rated as having low severity.
|National Vulnerability Database|
Note from the SUSE Security TeamThere is currently no code fix for this issue. A possible workaround is to disable memory de-duplication between VMs (by disabling the KSM feature in kvm). SUSE Bugzilla entry: 941252 [RESOLVED / WONTFIX] No SUSE Security Announcements cross referenced.
Status of this issue by product and package
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|SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3||kernel-source||Ignore|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP4||kernel-source||Ignore|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3||kernel-source||Ignore|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4||kernel-source||Ignore|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMWare 11 SP3||kernel-source||Ignore|