[USN-6244-1] AMD Microcode vulnerability

Alex Murray alex.murray at canonical.com
Tue Jul 25 14:28:17 UTC 2023

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-6244-1
July 25, 2023

amd64-microcode vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 23.04
- Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro)
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro)


AMD processors may allow an attacker to expose sensitive information due
to a vector register speculative execution vulnerability.

Software Description:
- amd64-microcode: Processor microcode firmware for AMD CPUs


Tavis Ormandy discovered that some AMD processors did not properly
handle speculative execution of certain vector register instructions. A
local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 23.04:
  amd64-microcode                 3.20220411.1ubuntu3.1

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS:
  amd64-microcode                 3.20191218.1ubuntu2.1

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  amd64-microcode                 3.20191218.1ubuntu1.1

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro):
  amd64-microcode                 3.20191021.1+really3.20181128.1~ubuntu0.18.04.1+esm1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro):
  amd64-microcode                 3.20191021.1+really3.20180524.1~ubuntu0.16.04.2+esm1

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


Package Information:

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