Security update for xen

SUSE Security Update: Security update for xen
Announcement ID: SUSE-SU-2019:2960-1
Rating: important
References: #1152497 #1154448 #1154456 #1154458 #1154461 #1155945
Cross-References: CVE-2018-12207 CVE-2019-11135 CVE-2019-18420 CVE-2019-18421 CVE-2019-18424 CVE-2019-18425
Affected Products:
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Server Applications 15
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Basesystem 15

An update that fixes 6 vulnerabilities is now available.


This update for xen fixes the following issues:

  • CVE-2018-12207: Untrusted virtual machines on Intel CPUs could exploit a race condition in the Instruction Fetch Unit of the Intel CPU to cause a Machine Exception during Page Size Change, causing the CPU core to be non-functional. (bsc#1155945)
  • CVE-2019-11135: Aborting an asynchronous TSX operation on Intel CPUs with Transactional Memory support could be used to facilitate sidechannel information leaks out of microarchitectural buffers, similar to the previously described "Microarchitectural Data Sampling" attack. (bsc#1152497).
  • CVE-2019-18425: 32-bit PV guest user mode could elevate its privileges to that of the guest kernel. (bsc#1154456).
  • CVE-2019-18421: A malicious PV guest administrator may have been able to escalate their privilege to that of the host. (bsc#1154458).
  • CVE-2019-18420: Malicious x86 PV guests may have caused a hypervisor crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (Dos). (bsc#1154448)

Patch Instructions:

To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or "zypper patch".
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Server Applications 15:
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Module-Server-Applications-15-2019-2960=1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Basesystem 15:
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Module-Basesystem-15-2019-2960=1

Package List:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Server Applications 15 (x86_64):
    • xen-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-debugsource-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-devel-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-tools-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-tools-debuginfo-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Basesystem 15 (x86_64):
    • xen-debugsource-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-libs-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-libs-debuginfo-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-tools-domU-4.10.4_06-3.25.1
    • xen-tools-domU-debuginfo-4.10.4_06-3.25.1