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Subject: FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-21:02.xenoom
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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 02:28:31 +0000 (UTC)

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FreeBSD-SA-21:02.xenoom                                     Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:		Xen guests can triger backend Out Of Memory

Category:       contrib
Module:         Xen
Announced:      2021-01-29
Credits:	See Xen XSA-349 for details
Affects:        All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected:      2021-01-18 16:26:36 UTC (stable/12, 12.2-STABLE)
                2021-01-29 01:21:04 UTC (releng/12.2, 12.2-RELEASE-p3)
                2021-01-29 01:06:16 UTC (releng/12.1, 12.1-RELEASE-p13)
                2021-01-21 09:14:50 UTC (stable/11, 11.4-STABLE)
                2021-01-29 00:20:16 UTC (releng/11.4, 11.4-RELEASE-p7)
CVE Name:       CVE-2020-29568

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including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:>.

I.   Background

Xen is a type-1 hypervisor which supports FreeBSD as a Dom0 (or host

II.  Problem Description

Some OSes (including Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD) are processing watch
events using a single thread.  If the events are received faster than
the thread is able to handle, they will get queued.

As the queue is unbound, a guest may be able to trigger a OOM in
the backend.

III. Impact

A malicious guest can trigger an OOM in backends.

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available.  FreeBSD systems not using Xen are not

V.   Solution

Upgrade your vulnerable system to a supported FreeBSD stable or
release / security branch (releng) dated after the correction date,
and reboot.

Perform one of the following:

1) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:

Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r +10min "Rebooting for a security update"

2) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:

The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

[FreeBSD 12.x]
# fetch
# fetch
# gpg --verify xenoom.12.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 11.x]
# fetch
# fetch
# gpg --verify xenoom.11.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.  Execute the following commands as root:

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

c) Recompile your kernel as described in
<URL:> and reboot the

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
affected branch.

Branch/path                                                      Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
stable/12/                                                        r369038
releng/12.2/                                                      r369177
releng/12.1/                                                      r369167
stable/11/                                                        r369072
releng/11.4/                                                      r369158
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:

# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://

Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:


VII. References



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