Ubuntu 3756-1: Intel Microcode vulnerabilities

    Date27 Aug 2018
    CategoryUbuntu
    3336
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The system could be made to expose sensitive information.
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    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3756-1
    August 27, 2018
    
    intel-microcode vulnerabilities
    ==========================================================================
    
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    
    - Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    
    Summary:
    
    The system could be made to expose sensitive information.
    
    Software Description:
    - intel-microcode: Processor microcode for Intel CPUs
    
    Details:
    
    It was discovered that memory present in the L1 data cache of an Intel CPU
    core may be exposed to a malicious process that is executing on the CPU
    core. This vulnerability is also known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). A local
    attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to expose sensitive
    information (memory from other guests or the host OS). (CVE-2018-3646)
    
    Jann Horn and Ken Johnson discovered that microprocessors utilizing
    speculative execution of a memory read may allow unauthorized memory reads
    via a sidechannel attack. This flaw is known as Spectre Variant 4. A local
    attacker could use this to expose sensitive information, including kernel
    memory. (CVE-2018-3639)
    
    Zdenek Sojka, Rudolf Marek, Alex Zuepke, and Innokentiy Sennovskiy
    discovered that microprocessors that perform speculative reads of
    system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters
    via a sidechannel attack. This vulnerability is also known as Rogue
    System Register Read (RSRE). An attacker could use this to expose
    sensitive information. (CVE-2018-3640)
    
    Update instructions:
    
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
      intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.18.04.1
    
    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
      intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.16.04.1
    
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
      intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.14.04.1
    
    After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
    all the necessary changes.
    
    References:
      https://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3756-1
      CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-3640, CVE-2018-3646
    
    Package Information:
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/intel-microcode/3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.18.04.1
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/intel-microcode/3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.16.04.1
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/intel-microcode/3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.14.04.1
    
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