Xen Hypervisor Patched for Privilege Escalation and Information Leak Flaws


The Xen Project has fixed five new vulnerabilities in the widely used Xen virtualization hypervisor. The flaws could allow attackers to break out of virtual machines and access sensitive information from host systems.

According to an analysis by the security team of Qubes OS, an operating system that relies on Xen for its security model, most of the vulnerabilities stem from the mechanism that’s used to share memory between domains. Under Xen, the host system and the virtual machines (guests) run in separate security domains.

The most severe vulnerability is located in the memory management code for paravirtualized (PV) VMs and allows for a guest to escalate its privilege to that of the host,…

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