RHSA-2018:2228 - Security Advisory
Security Advisory: Important
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Identify and remediate systems affected by this advisory.
An update for qemu-kvm-rhev is now available for Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13.
Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.
KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on a variety of architectures. The qemu-kvm-rhev packages provide the user-space component for running virtual machines that use KVM in environments managed by Red Hat products.
- An industry-wide issue was found in the way many modern microprocessor designs have implemented speculative execution of Load & Store instructions (a commonly used performance optimization). It relies on the presence of a precisely-defined instruction sequence in the privileged code as well as the fact that memory read from address to which a recent memory write has occurred may see an older value and subsequently cause an update into the microprocessor's data cache even for speculatively executed instructions that never actually commit (retire). As a result, an unprivileged attacker could use this flaw to read privileged memory by conducting targeted cache side-channel attacks. (CVE-2018-3639)
Red Hat would like to thank Ken Johnson (Microsoft Security Response Center) and Jann Horn (Google Project Zero) for reporting this issue.
Note: This is the qemu-kvm-rhev side of the CVE-2018-3639 mitigation that includes support for guests running on hosts with AMD processors.
For more details about the security issue(s), including the impact, a CVSS score, and other related information, refer to the CVE page(s) listed in the References section.
For details on how to apply this update, which includes the changes described in this advisory, refer to:
- Red Hat OpenStack 13 x86_64
- Red Hat OpenStack for IBM Power 13 ppc64le
- BZ - 1566890 - CVE-2018-3639 hw: cpu: speculative store bypass
Red Hat OpenStack 13
Red Hat OpenStack for IBM Power 13