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Intel Fixes Microcode Bug that Could Expose Your Sensitive Data
It was discovered that a sequence of processor instructions for some Intel processors leads to unexpected behavior that could allow an authenticated local user to escalate privileges (CVE-2023-23583). This bug, dubbed "Reptar," could expose sensitive information or cause system crashes, resulting in a denial of service.
What Is Google's Analysis of Reptar?
According to Google Cloud, "The impact of this vulnerability is demonstrated when exploited by an attacker in a multi-tenant virtualized environment, as the exploit on a guest machine causes the host machine to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service to other guest machines running on the same host. The vulnerability could also lead to information disclosure or privilege escalation."
Google security researcher Tavis Normandy also analyzed Reptar and concluded that the flaw could be exploited to corrupt the system state and force a machine-check exception.
What Can I Do To Stay Safe?
An important Intel Microcode update has been released to mitigate this severe bug. Given this vulnerability's damaging repercussions on impacted systems, we urge all affected users to update now to protect against information disclosure and loss of access to their critical systems if left unpatched. Debian, Fedora, Oracle, and Ubuntu have released important security advisory updates addressing Reptar.
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