Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : qemu update (USN-3560-1) (Spectre)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 106676


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel attacks. This flaw is known as Spectre. An attacker in the guest could use this to expose sensitive guest information, including kernel memory.

This update allows QEMU to expose new CPU features added by microcode updates to guests on amd64, i386, and s390x. On amd64 and i386, new CPU models that match the updated microcode features were added with an -IBRS suffix. Certain environments will require guests to be switched manually to the new CPU models after microcode updates have been applied to the host.

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.


Update the affected qemu-system, qemu-system-s390x and / or qemu-system-x86 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 106676

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3560-1.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/02/08

Modified: 2018/08/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-s390x, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:qemu-system-x86, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, 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: 2018/02/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5715

USN: 3560-1

IAVA: 2018-A-0020