Xen 4.1.3

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The Xen 4.1 release contains a number of important new features and updates including:

  • A re-architected XL toolstack that is functionally nearly equivalent to XM/XEND
  • Prototype credit2 scheduler designed for latency-sensitive workloads and very large systems
  • CPU Pools for advanced partitioning
  • Support for large systems (>255 processors and 1GB/2MB super page support)
  • Support for x86 Advanced Vector eXtension (AVX)
  • New Memory Access API enabling integration of 3rd party security solutions into Xen virtualized environments
  • Even better stability through our new automated regression tests
  • Xen 4.1 Release Notes
  • Xen 4.1 Datasheet

Xen 4.1.3 is a maintenance release in the 4.1 series and contains:

  • Fixes for the following critical vulnerabilities: We recommend all users of the 4.0 and 4.1 stable series to update to these latest point releases.
    • CVE-2012-0217 / XSA-7: PV guest privilege escalation vulnerability
    • CVE-2012-0218 / XSA-8: guest denial of service on syscall/sysenter exception generation
    • CVE-2012-2934 / XSA-9: PV guest host Denial of Service
    • CVE-2012-3432 / XSA-10: HVM guest user mode MMIO emulation DoS vulnerability
    • CVE-2012-3433 / XSA-11: HVM guest destroy p2m teardown host DoS vulnerabilit
  • Among many bug fixes and improvements (over 100 since Xen 4.1.2). Highlights are:
    • Updates for the latest Intel/AMD CPU revisions
    • Bug fixes and improvements to the libxl tool stack
    • Bug fixes for IOMMU handling (device passthrough to HVM guests)
    • Bug fixes for host kexec/kdump

It also contains the following fixes from earlier maintenance releases:

  • Security fixes including CVE-2011-1583 and CVE-2011-1898
  • Enhancements to guest introspection (VM single stepping support for very fine-grained access control)
  • Many stability improvements, such as:
    • PV-on-HVM stability fixes (fixing some IRQ issues)
    • XSAVE cpu feature support for PV guests (allows safe use of latest multimedia instructions)
    • RAS fixes for high availability
    • fixes for offlining bad pages
    • changes to libxc, mainly of benefit to libvirt
    • New XL toolstack
    • Debug support: kexec/kdump
    • Remus (High Availability)
    • Device passthrough to HVM guests
    • Interrupt handling
    • Support for Supervisor Mode Execution Protection (SMEP)
  • Compatibility fixes for newer Linux guests, newer compilers, some old guest savefiles, newer Python, grub2, some hardware/BIOS bugs.

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Created Date Friday, 08 March 2013
Modified Date Friday, 07 April 2017

Xen 4.1.3

Xen 4.1.3 (hypervisor and tools) official source distribution

Created Date Friday, 08 March 2013
Modified Date Friday, 07 April 2017

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