Bug 195167 - INVEPT might crash the host
Summary: INVEPT might crash the host
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Virtualization
Classification: Unclassified
Component: kvm (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86-64 Linux
: P1 normal
Assignee: virtualization_kvm
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-03-31 02:30 UTC by minoura makoto
Modified: 2017-04-24 22:12 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
Kernel Version: 3.11 - 3.14
Regression: No
Bisected commit-id:

build and insmod'ing the module on a guest linux crashes the host (3.24 KB, text/plain)
2017-03-31 02:30 UTC, minoura makoto

Description minoura makoto 2017-03-31 02:30:17 UTC
Created attachment 255653 [details]
build and insmod'ing the module on a guest linux crashes the host

KVM in linux 3.11 - 3.14 (including long term supported 3.12.72) has a
flaw in INVEPT emulation that could crash the host.

[ 1046.384746] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000070
[ 1046.387386] IP: [<ffffffffa05b3ca3>] handle_invept+0x123/0x170 [kvm_intel]
[ 1046.389577] PGD 0 
[ 1046.390273] Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP 

(tested with Ubuntu 14.04 linux-image-3.13.0-113-generic)

The host KVM touches NULL pointer (vmx->nested.current_vmcs12) when a
(crafted or buggy) guest issues a single-context INVEPT instruction
*without* VMPTRLD like this:


(requires nested EPT; full PoC module code attached)

This flaw was introduced in commit bfd0a56b90005f8c8a004baf407ad90045c2b11e
(nEPT: Nested INVEPT) and removed in 4b855078601fc422dbac3059f2215e776f49780f
(KVM: nVMX: Don't advertise single context invalidation for invept).
Therefore there should be two ways to fix this.

a. pullup bfd0a56b90005f (and 45e11817d5703e)
b. check current_vmcs12 before accessing for minimal fix:

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
index d9e567f..d785e9c 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
@@ -6391,6 +6391,8 @@ static int handle_invept(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
 	switch (type) {
+		if (to_vmx(vcpu)->nested.current_vmptr == -1ull)
+			break;
 		if ((operand.eptp & eptp_mask) !=
 				(nested_ept_get_cr3(vcpu) & eptp_mask))
Comment 1 Tyler Hicks 2017-04-24 20:45:17 UTC
I've requested a CVE for this issue via https://cveform.mitre.org/
Comment 2 Tyler Hicks 2017-04-24 22:12:53 UTC
MITRE has assigned CVE-2017-8106 to this issue.

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