Citrix XenServer Multiple Security Updates

  • CTX133161
  • Created On  Jun 12, 2012
  • Updated On  Jun 12, 2012
  • 6 found this helpful
  • Security Bulletin

Severity: High

Description of Problem

A number of security vulnerabilities have been identified in Citrix XenServer. These vulnerabilities affect all currently supported versions of Citrix XenServer up to and including version 6.0.2.

The following issues have been addressed:

    • 64-bit PV guest to host privilege escalation vulnerability. This issue only impacts servers running on Intel processors and could permit a 64-bit PV guest to compromise the XenServer host (CVE-2012-0217).

    • Guest denial of service on syscall/sysenter exception generation. This issue could permit user code within a PV guest to crash the guest operating system (CVE-2012-0218).

    • Administrative connections to VM consoles through XAPI or XenCenter could be routed to the wrong VM.

Mitigating Factors

Customers that are using only Windows guests, which are never PV guests, are unaffected by the first two issues described above. Customers should refer to the XenServer product documentation for more information on the types of guests available.

What Customers Should Do

Hotfixes have been released to address these issues in all supported versions and update levels of Citrix XenServer. Citrix strongly recommends that customers using Citrix XenServer identify and apply the hotfixes that relate to their deployed versions:

Citrix XenServer 6.0.2:

Citrix XenServer 6.0.0:

Citrix XenServer 5.6 Service Pack 2:

Citrix XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 1:

Citrix XenServer 5.6:

Citrix XenServer 5.5 Update 2:

Citrix XenServer 5.0 Update 3:

Customers using Citrix XenServer 5.6 in the Common Criteria evaluated configuration should apply the following hotfix:

What Citrix Is Doing

Citrix is notifying customers and channel partners about this potential security issue. This article is also available from the Citrix Knowledge Center at

Obtaining Support on This Issue

If you require technical assistance with this issue, please contact Citrix Technical Support. Contact details for Citrix Technical Support are available at

Reporting Security Vulnerabilities to Citrix

Citrix welcomes input regarding the security of its products and considers any and all potential vulnerabilities seriously. If you would like to report a security issue to Citrix, please compose an e-mail to stating the exact version of the product in which the vulnerability was found and the steps needed to reproduce the vulnerability.

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