SUSE SLES11 Security Update : kvm (SUSE-SU-2018:1077-1) (Spectre)

high Nessus Plugin ID 109358
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This update for kvm fixes the following issues :

- This update has the next round of Spectre v2 related patches, which now integrates with corresponding changes in libvirt. A January 2018 release of qemu initially addressed the Spectre v2 vulnerability for KVM guests by exposing the spec-ctrl feature for all x86 vcpu types, which was the quick and dirty approach, but not the proper solution. We remove that initial patch and now rely on patches from upstream. This update defines spec_ctrl and ibpb cpu feature flags as well as new cpu models which are clones of existing models with either
-IBRS or -IBPB added to the end of the model name. These new vcpu models explicitly include the new feature(s), whereas the feature flags can be added to the cpu parameter as with other features. In short, for continued Spectre v2 protection, ensure that either the appropriate cpu feature flag is added to the QEMU command-line, or one of the new cpu models is used.
Although migration from older versions is supported, the new cpu features won't be properly exposed to the guest until it is restarted with the cpu features explicitly added. A reboot is insufficient.

- A warning patch is added which attempts to detect a migration from a qemu version which had the quick and dirty fix (it only detects certain cases, but hopefully is helpful.) For additional information on Spectre v2 as it relates to QEMU, see: update/ (CVE-2017-5715 bsc#1068032)

- A patch is added to continue to detect Spectre v2 mitigation features (as shown by cpuid), and if found provide that feature to guests, even if running on older KVM (kernel) versions which do not yet expose that feature to QEMU. (bsc#1082276) These two patches will be removed when we can reasonably assume everyone is running with the appropriate updates.

- Security fixes for the following CVE issues:
(bsc#1076114 CVE-2018-5683) (bsc#1083291 CVE-2018-7550)

- This patch is already included, add here for CVE track (bsc#1076179 CVE-2017-18030)

- Toolchain changes have cause the built size of pxe-virtio.rom to exceed 64K. Tweak rarely used strings in code to reduce size of the binary so it fits again.

- Eliminate bogus use of CPUID_7_0_EDX_PRED_CMD which we've carried since the initial Spectre v2 patch was added. EDX bit 27 of CPUID Leaf 07H, Sub-leaf 0 provides status on STIBP, and not the PRED_CMD MSR. Exposing the STIBP CPUID feature bit to the guest is wrong in general, since the VM doesn't directly control the scheduling of physical hyperthreads. This is left strictly to the L0 hypervisor.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or 'zypper patch'.

Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4:zypper in -t patch slessp4-kvm-13571=1

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 109358

File Name: suse_SU-2018-1077-1.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 4/26/2018

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.7


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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kvm, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:11

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/25/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/4/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-18030, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2018-5683, CVE-2018-7550

IAVA: 2018-A-0020