Debian DLA-1506-1 : intel-microcode security update (Foreshadow) (Spectre)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 117502


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


Security researchers identified speculative execution side-channel methods which have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from multiple types of computing devices with different vendors’
processors and operating systems.

This update requires an update to the intel-microcode package, which is non-free. It is related to DLA-1446-1 and adds more mitigations for additional types of Intel processors.

For more information please also read the official Intel security advisories at :
-s a-00088.html
-s a-00115.html
-s a-00161.html

For Debian 8 'Jessie', these problems have been fixed in version 3.20180807a.1~deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your intel-microcode packages.

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


Upgrade the affected intel-microcode package.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 117502

File Name: debian_DLA-1506.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/17/2018

Updated: 1/11/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.4

Temporal Score: 4.7

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


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:intel-microcode, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/16/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/4/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2018-3615, CVE-2018-3620, CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-3640, CVE-2018-3646