CVE-2019-9815

MEDIUM

Description

If hyperthreading is not disabled, a timing attack vulnerability exists, similar to previous Spectre attacks. Apple has shipped macOS 10.14.5 with an option to disable hyperthreading in applications running untrusted code in a thread through a new sysctl. Firefox now makes use of it on the main thread and any worker threads. *Note: users need to update to macOS 10.14.5 in order to take advantage of this change.*. This vulnerability affects Thunderbird < 60.7, Firefox < 67, and Firefox ESR < 60.7.

References

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1546544

https://mdsattacks.com/

https://www.mozilla.org/security/advisories/mfsa2019-13/

https://www.mozilla.org/security/advisories/mfsa2019-14/

https://www.mozilla.org/security/advisories/mfsa2019-15/

Details

Source: MITRE

Published: 2019-07-23

Updated: 2020-08-24

Type: CWE-203

Risk Information

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Impact Score: 6.4

Exploitability Score: 8.6

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 8.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Impact Score: 5.9

Exploitability Score: 2.2

Severity: HIGH