CVE-2017-5753

Impact:
Important
Public Date:
2018-01-03
Bugzilla:
1519778: CVE-2017-5753 hw: cpu: speculative execution bounds-check bypass
An industry-wide issue was found in the way many modern microprocessor designs have implemented speculative execution of instructions (a commonly used performance optimization). There are three primary variants of the issue which differ in the way the speculative execution can be exploited. Variant CVE-2017-5753 triggers the speculative execution by performing a bounds-check bypass. It relies on the presence of a precisely-defined instruction sequence in the privileged code as well as the fact that memory accesses may cause allocation 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 cross the syscall boundary and read privileged memory by conducting targeted cache side-channel attacks.

Find out more about CVE-2017-5753 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.

Statement

Red Hat Product Security is aware of this issue. Updates will be released as they become available. For additional information, please refer to the Red Hat Knowledgebase article: https://access.redhat.com/security/vulnerabilities/speculativeexecution

CVSS v3 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v3 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

CVSS3 Base Score 5.5
CVSS3 Base Metrics CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N
Attack Vector Local
Attack Complexity Low
Privileges Required Low
User Interaction None
Scope Unchanged
Confidentiality High
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact None

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 kernel-rt Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel-alt Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel-rt Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Affected

Acknowledgements

Red Hat would like to thank Google Project Zero for reporting this issue.

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