[PATCH 2/4] x86/mds: Add MDSUM variant to the MDS documentation

Tyler Hicks tyhicks at canonical.com
Wed May 29 02:28:49 UTC 2019


From: speck for Pawan Gupta <speck at linutronix.de>

Updated the documentation for a new CVE-2019-11091 Microarchitectural Data
Sampling Uncacheable Memory (MDSUM) which is a variant of
Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS). MDS is a family of side channel
attacks on internal buffers in Intel CPUs.

MDSUM is a special case of MSBDS, MFBDS and MLPDS. An uncacheable load from
memory that takes a fault or assist can leave data in a microarchitectural
structure that may later be observed using one of the same methods used by
MSBDS, MFBDS or MLPDS. There are no new code changes expected for MDSUM.
The existing mitigation for MDS applies to MDSUM as well.

Signed-off-by: Pawan Gupta <pawan.kumar.gupta at linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Reviewed-by: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks at canonical.com>
Reviewed-by: Jon Masters <jcm at redhat.com>

CVE-2019-11091

(cherry picked from commit e672f8bf71c66253197e503f75c771dd28ada4a0)
Signed-off-by: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks at canonical.com>
---
 Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.rst | 5 +++--
 Documentation/x86/mds.rst                 | 5 +++++
 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.rst b/Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.rst
index 244ab47d1fb3..e0dccf414eca 100644
--- a/Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.rst
+++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/hw-vuln/mds.rst
@@ -32,11 +32,12 @@ Related CVEs
 
 The following CVE entries are related to the MDS vulnerability:
 
-   ==============  =====  ==============================================
+   ==============  =====  ===================================================
    CVE-2018-12126  MSBDS  Microarchitectural Store Buffer Data Sampling
    CVE-2018-12130  MFBDS  Microarchitectural Fill Buffer Data Sampling
    CVE-2018-12127  MLPDS  Microarchitectural Load Port Data Sampling
-   ==============  =====  ==============================================
+   CVE-2019-11091  MDSUM  Microarchitectural Data Sampling Uncacheable Memory
+   ==============  =====  ===================================================
 
 Problem
 -------
diff --git a/Documentation/x86/mds.rst b/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
index 3d6f943f1afb..979945be257a 100644
--- a/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
+++ b/Documentation/x86/mds.rst
@@ -12,6 +12,7 @@ on internal buffers in Intel CPUs. The variants are:
  - Microarchitectural Store Buffer Data Sampling (MSBDS) (CVE-2018-12126)
  - Microarchitectural Fill Buffer Data Sampling (MFBDS) (CVE-2018-12130)
  - Microarchitectural Load Port Data Sampling (MLPDS) (CVE-2018-12127)
+ - Microarchitectural Data Sampling Uncacheable Memory (MDSUM) (CVE-2019-11091)
 
 MSBDS leaks Store Buffer Entries which can be speculatively forwarded to a
 dependent load (store-to-load forwarding) as an optimization. The forward
@@ -38,6 +39,10 @@ faulting or assisting loads under certain conditions, which again can be
 exploited eventually. Load ports are shared between Hyper-Threads so cross
 thread leakage is possible.
 
+MDSUM is a special case of MSBDS, MFBDS and MLPDS. An uncacheable load from
+memory that takes a fault or assist can leave data in a microarchitectural
+structure that may later be observed using one of the same methods used by
+MSBDS, MFBDS or MLPDS.
 
 Exposure assumptions
 --------------------
-- 
2.7.4




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