openSUSE Security Update : the Linux Kernel (openSUSE-2019-398) (Spectre)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 123175
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Synopsis

The remote openSUSE host is missing a security update.

Description

The openSUSE Leap 15.0 kernel was updated to receive various security and bugfixes.

The following security bugs were fixed :

- CVE-2018-3639: Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis, aka Speculative Store Bypass (SSB), Variant 4 (bsc#1087082).

A new boot commandline option was introduced, 'spec_store_bypass_disable', which can have following values :

- auto: Kernel detects whether your CPU model contains an implementation of Speculative Store Bypass and picks the most appropriate mitigation.

- on: disable Speculative Store Bypass

- off: enable Speculative Store Bypass

- prctl: Control Speculative Store Bypass per thread via prctl. Speculative Store Bypass is enabled for a process by default. The state of the control is inherited on fork.

- seccomp: Same as 'prctl' above, but all seccomp threads will disable SSB unless they explicitly opt out.

The default is 'seccomp', meaning programs need explicit opt-in into the mitigation.

Status can be queried via the /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/spec_store_bypas s file, containing :

- 'Vulnerable'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl'

- 'Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp'

The following non-security bugs were fixed :

- allow_unsupported: add module tainting on feature use (FATE#323394).

- powerpc/64/kexec: fix race in kexec when XIVE is shutdown (bsc#1088273).

- reiserfs: mark read-write mode unsupported (FATE#323394).

- reiserfs: package in separate KMP (FATE#323394).

Solution

Update the affected the Linux Kernel packages.

See Also

https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1087082

https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1088273

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 123175

File Name: openSUSE-2019-398.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/27/2019

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 3.8

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 5

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

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-debug-devel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-default-devel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-docs-html, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-kvmsmall-devel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-macros, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-obs-build, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-obs-build-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-obs-qa, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-source, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-source-vanilla, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:kernel-syms, cpe:/o:novell:opensuse:15.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/23/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/22/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-3639