[USN-3531-1] Intel Microcode update

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Thu Jan 11 19:40:13 UTC 2018

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3531-1
January 11, 2018

intel-microcode update

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

- Ubuntu 17.10
- Ubuntu 17.04
- 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 microprocessors utilizing speculative execution
and branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel
attacks. This flaw is known as Spectre. A local attacker could use this to
expose sensitive information, including kernel memory. (CVE-2017-5715)

This update provides the microcode updates required for the corresponding
Linux kernel updates.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 17.10:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0~ubuntu17.10.1

Ubuntu 17.04:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0~ubuntu17.04.1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0~ubuntu16.04.2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0~ubuntu14.04.2

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


Package Information:

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