[USN-3756-1] Intel Microcode vulnerabilities

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Mon Aug 27 18:53:58 UTC 2018

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3756-1
August 27, 2018

intel-microcode vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description:
- intel-microcode: Processor microcode for Intel CPUs


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)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.18.04.1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.16.04.1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180807a.0ubuntu0.14.04.1

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

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

Package Information:

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