Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.04 / 17.10 : firefox vulnerabilities (USN-3516-1) (Meltdown) (Spectre)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 105649
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Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description

It was discovered that speculative execution performed by modern CPUs could leak information through a timing side-channel attack, and that this could be exploited in web browser JavaScript engines. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to obtain sensitive information from other domains, bypassing same-origin restrictions. (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754).

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Solution

Update the affected firefox package.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3516-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 105649

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3516-1.nasl

Version: 3.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/8/2018

Updated: 9/18/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.5

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 5.4

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:firefox, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/5/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/4/2018

Exploitable With

CANVAS (CANVAS)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754

USN: 3516-1

IAVA: 2018-A-0019, 2018-A-0020