[USN-3531-2] Intel Microcode regression

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Mon Jan 22 16:15:03 UTC 2018

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3531-2
January 22, 2018

intel-microcode regression

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

- Ubuntu 17.10
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


USN-3531-1 introduced regressions in intel-microcode.

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


USN-3531-1 updated Intel microcode to the 20180108 release. Regressions
were discovered in the microcode updates which could cause system
instability on certain hardware platforms. At the request of Intel, we have
reverted to the previous packaged microcode version, the 20170707 release.

Original advisory details:

 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+really20170707ubuntu17.10.1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0+really20170707ubuntu16.04.1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20180108.0+really20170707ubuntu14.04.1

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


Package Information:




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