Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.04 / 17.10 : intel-microcode update (USN-3531-1) (Spectre)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 105767
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionIt was discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel attacks. This flaw is known as Spectre. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information, including kernel memory. (CVE-2017-5715)
This update provides the microcode updates required for the corresponding Linux kernel updates.
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected intel-microcode package.