Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2018-2164) (Spectre)

High Nessus Plugin ID 110996


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2018:2164 :

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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 packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
operating system.

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, x86 AMD)

* kernel: Use-after-free vulnerability in
mm/mempolicy.c:do_get_mempolicy function allows local denial of
service or other unspecified impact (CVE-2018-10675)

* Kernel: FPU state information leakage via lazy FPU restore

* kernel: error in exception handling leads to DoS (CVE-2018-8897
regression) (CVE-2018-10872)

For more details about the security issue(s), including the impact, a
CVSS score, and other related information, refer to the CVE page(s)
listed in the References section.

Red Hat would like to thank Ken Johnson (Microsoft Security Response
Center) and Jann Horn (Google Project Zero) for reporting
CVE-2018-3639 and Julian Stecklina (, Thomas Prescher
(, and Zdenek Sojka ( for reporting

Bug Fix(es) :

* Previously, microcode updates on 32 and 64-bit AMD and Intel
architectures were not synchronized. As a consequence, it was not
possible to apply the microcode updates. This fix adds the
synchronization to the microcode updates so that processors of the
stated architectures receive updates at the same time. As a result,
microcode updates are now synchronized. (BZ# 1574592)


Update the affected kernel packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 110996

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2018-2164.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/07/11

Modified: 2018/09/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-firmware, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:python-perf, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

Patch Publication Date: 2018/07/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-10675, CVE-2018-10872, CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-3665

RHSA: 2018:2164