Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS : intel-microcode vulnerabilities (USN-3756-1) (Foreshadow) (Spectre)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 112151

Synopsis

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description

It was discovered that memory present in the L1 data cache of an Intel CPU core may be exposed to a malicious process that is executing on the CPU core. This vulnerability is also known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). A local attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to expose sensitive information (memory from other guests or the host OS). (CVE-2018-3646)

Jann 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. (CVE-2018-3639)

Zdenek Sojka, Rudolf Marek, Alex Zuepke, and Innokentiy Sennovskiy discovered that microprocessors that perform speculative reads of system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters via a sidechannel attack. This vulnerability is also known as Rogue System Register Read (RSRE). An attacker could use this to expose sensitive information. (CVE-2018-3640).

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

Solution

Update the affected intel-microcode package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 112151

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3756-1.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/08/28

Modified: 2018/08/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.9

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

CVSS v3.0

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:intel-microcode, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.04:-:lts

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2018/08/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-3640, CVE-2018-3646

USN: 3756-1