SUSE SLES12 Security Update : kernel (SUSE-SU-2018:1377-1) (Spectre)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 110042



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The SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 LTSS kernel was updated to receive various security and bugfixes. The following security bug was fixed :

- CVE-2018-3639: Information leaks using 'Memory Disambiguation' feature in modern CPUs were mitigated, aka 'Spectre Variant 4' (bnc#1087082). A new boot commandline option was introduced, 'spec_store_bypass_disable', which can have following values :

- auto: Kernel detects whether your CPU model contains an implementation of Speculative Store Bypass and picks the most appropriate mitigation.

- on: disable Speculative Store Bypass

- off: enable Speculative Store Bypass

- prctl: Control Speculative Store Bypass per thread via prctl. Speculative Store Bypass is enabled for a process by default. The state of the control is inherited on fork.

- seccomp: Same as 'prctl' above, but all seccomp threads will disable SSB unless they explicitly opt out. The default is 'seccomp', meaning programs need explicit opt-in into the mitigation. Status can be queried via the /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/spec_store_bypas s file, containing :

- 'Vulnerable'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp' The following related and non-security bugs were fixed :

- cpuid: Fix cpuid.edx.7.0 propagation to guest

- ext4: Fix hole length detection in ext4_ind_map_blocks() (bsc#1090953).

- ibmvnic: Clean actual number of RX or TX pools (bsc#1092289).

- kvm: Introduce nopvspin kernel parameter (bsc#1056427).

- kvm: Fix nopvspin static branch init usage (bsc#1056427).

- powerpc/64: Use barrier_nospec in syscall entry (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

- powerpc/64s: Add barrier_nospec (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

- powerpc/64s: Add support for ori barrier_nospec patching (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

- powerpc/64s: Enable barrier_nospec based on firmware settings (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

- powerpc/64s: Enhance the information in cpu_show_meltdown() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/64s: Enhance the information in cpu_show_spectre_v1() (bsc#1068032).

- powerpc/64s: Fix section mismatch warnings from setup_rfi_flush() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/64s: Move cpu_show_meltdown() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/64s: Patch barrier_nospec in modules (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

- powerpc/64s: Wire up cpu_show_spectre_v1() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/64s: Wire up cpu_show_spectre_v2() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/powernv: Set or clear security feature flags (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/powernv: Use the security flags in pnv_setup_rfi_flush() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/pseries: Add new H_GET_CPU_CHARACTERISTICS flags (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/pseries: Fix clearing of security feature flags (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/pseries: Restore default security feature flags on setup (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/pseries: Set or clear security feature flags (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/pseries: Use the security flags in pseries_setup_rfi_flush() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/rfi-flush: Always enable fallback flush on pseries (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/rfi-flush: Differentiate enabled and patched flush types (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc/rfi-flush: Make it possible to call setup_rfi_flush() again (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc: Add security feature flags for Spectre/Meltdown (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc: Move default security feature flags (bsc#1068032, bsc#1075087, bsc#1091041).

- powerpc: Use barrier_nospec in copy_from_user() (bsc#1068032, bsc#1080157).

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 OpenStack Cloud 7:zypper in -t patch SUSE-OpenStack-Cloud-7-2018-956=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP 12-SP2:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SAP-12-SP2-2018-956=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP2-LTSS:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP2-2018-956=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability 12-SP2:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-HA-12-SP2-2018-956=1

SUSE Enterprise Storage 4:zypper in -t patch SUSE-Storage-4-2018-956=1

OpenStack Cloud Magnum Orchestration 7:zypper in -t patch SUSE-OpenStack-Cloud-Magnum-Orchestration-7-2018-956=1

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 110042

File Name: suse_SU-2018-1377-1.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/23/2018

Updated: 4/15/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-man, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-syms, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kgraft-patch-4_4_121-92_80-default, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debugsource

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: 5/22/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/22/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-3639