An issue was discovered in the Linux kernel through 5.10.1, as used with Xen through 4.14.x. The Linux kernel PV block backend expects the kernel thread handler to reset ring->xenblkd to NULL when stopped. However, the handler may not have time to run if the frontend quickly toggles between the states connect and disconnect. As a consequence, the block backend may re-use a pointer after it was freed. A misbehaving guest can trigger a dom0 crash by continuously connecting / disconnecting a block frontend. Privilege escalation and information leaks cannot be ruled out. This only affects systems with a Linux blkback.
Published 2020-12-15 17:15:15
Updated 2023-01-19 15:53:51
Source MITRE
View at NVD,   CVE.org
Vulnerability category: Gain privilege

Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2020-29569

Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days: 0.05%

Percentile, the proportion of vulnerabilities that are scored at or less: ~ 12 % EPSS Score History EPSS FAQ

CVSS scores for CVE-2020-29569

Base Score Base Severity CVSS Vector Exploitability Score Impact Score Score Source
7.2
HIGH AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
3.9
10.0
NIST
8.8
HIGH CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H
2.0
6.0
NIST

CWE ids for CVE-2020-29569

  • Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code.
    Assigned by: nvd@nist.gov (Primary)

References for CVE-2020-29569

Products affected by CVE-2020-29569

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