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Linux Advisory Watch: July 2, 2021

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This week, important updates have been issued for Dovecot, the Intel microcode and the Linux kernel (KVM). Ubuntu users are at heightened risk this week, as an array of important kernel security issues impacting Ubuntu and its derivatives have been discovered and fixed.

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Dovecot
The Discovery Dovecot.png

Two remotely exploitable vulnerabilities have been identified in Dovecot before version 2.3.14.1 (CVE-2021-29157 and CVE-2021-33515). CVE-2021-29157 involves the incorrect escape of the kid and azp fields in JWT tokens, while CVE-2021-33515 affects the SMTP submission service.

The Impact

Both of these Dovecot vulnerabilities can result in information disclosure. CVE-2021-29157 may be used to supply attacker controlled keys to validate tokens in some configurations when an attacker is able to write files to the local disk, enabling a local user to login as any user and access their emails. CVE-2021-33515 (impacting the SMTP submission service) allows an on-path attacker who has sending permissions on the submission server to inject plaintext commands before the STARTLS negotiation that would be executed after STARTTLS finished with the client, and potentially steal user credentials and emails by doing so. 

The Fix

These  issues have been fixed upstream in Dovecot version 2.3.15. Users should upgrade to version 2.3.15-1 immediately to protect sensitive information.

# pacman -Syu "dovecot>=2.3.15-1"

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Intel Microcode
The Discovery Intel.png

Various security vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Intel CPU microcode including a domain-bypass transient execution vulnerability in some Intel Atom(R) processors (CVE-2020-24513), an observable timing discrepancy in some Intel(R) processors (CVE-2020-24512), improper isolation of shared resources in some Intel(R) processors (CVE-2020-24511) and incomplete cleanup in some Intel(R) VT-d products.

The Impact

These flaws could be exploited by a local attacker to carry out privilege escalation attacks and side channel attacks, and could enable information disclosure.

The Fix

Intel has updated its CPU microcode to fix these bugs. Users should upgrade their intel-microcode packages immediately to prevent compromise.

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Linux kernel (KVM)
The DiscoveryKVM

Several security issues have been discovered in the Linux kernel (KVM). They include a race condition in the CAN BCM networking protocol resulting in multiple use-after-free

vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-3609), improper enforcement of limits for pointer operations (CVE-2021-33200) and various flaws in the Linux kernel’s WiFi implementation, among other issues.

The Impact

These flaws pose various threats to a Linux system including execution of arbitrary code, denial of service (system crash) and information leakage, among other exploits.

The Fix

These vulnerabilities have been fixed in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 21.04.

This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux KVM kernel for Ubuntu 21.04.

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