RHEL 7 : kernel-alt (RHSA-2018:1967) (Spectre)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 110709

Synopsis

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description

An update for kernel-alt is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The kernel-alt packages provide the Linux kernel version 4.x.

Security Fix(es) :

* An industry-wide issue was found in the way many modern microprocessor designs have implemented speculative execution of Load & Store instructions (a commonly used performance optimization). It relies on the presence of a precisely-defined instruction sequence in the privileged code as well as the fact that memory read from address to which a recent memory write has occurred may see an older value and subsequently cause an update into the microprocessor's data cache even for speculatively executed instructions that never actually commit (retire). As a result, an unprivileged attacker could use this flaw to read privileged memory by conducting targeted cache side-channel attacks. (CVE-2018-3639, PowerPC)

* This release also includes next iteration of the CVE-2017-5715 mitigation that includes the SMCCC (Secure Monitor Call Calling Convention) 1.1 support. (CVE-2017-5715, ARM)

Red Hat would like to thank Google Project Zero for reporting CVE-2017-5715 and Ken Johnson (Microsoft Security Response Center) and Jann Horn (Google Project Zero) for reporting CVE-2018-3639.

Bug Fix(es) :

These updated kernel-alt packages include numerous bug fixes. Space precludes documenting all of the bug fixes in this advisory. See the descriptions in the related Knowledge Article:
https://access.redhat.com/articles/3485851

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2018-3639

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2017-5715

https://access.redhat.com/articles/3485851

http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2018-1967.html

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2018-3639.html

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 110709

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2018-1967.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/06/27

Modified: 2018/09/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSSv2

Base Score: 4.9

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

CVSSv3

Base Score: 5.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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

Patch Publication Date: 2018/06/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2018-3639

RHSA: 2018:1967

IAVA: 2018-A-0020