Ubuntu 18.04 LTS : linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-kvm, linux-oem vulnerability (USN-3652-1) (Spectre)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 110045
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionJann Horn and Ken Johnson discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution of a memory read may allow unauthorized memory reads via a sidechannel attack. This flaw is known as Spectre Variant 4. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information, including kernel memory.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.