Scientific Linux Security Update : microcode_ctl on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20180103) (Spectre)

2018-01-04T00:00:00
ID SL_20180103_MICROCODE_CTL_ON_SL6_X.NASL
Type nessus
Reporter This script is Copyright (C) 2018-2020 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.
Modified 2018-01-04T00:00:00

Description

Security Fix(es) :

  • 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-2017-5715 triggers the speculative execution by utilizing branch target injection. 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

                                        
                                            #
# (C) Tenable Network Security, Inc.
#
# The descriptive text is (C) Scientific Linux.
#

include("compat.inc");

if (description)
{
  script_id(105536);
  script_version("3.12");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_modification_date", value:"2020/02/24");

  script_cve_id("CVE-2017-5715");
  script_xref(name:"IAVA", value:"2018-A-0020");

  script_name(english:"Scientific Linux Security Update : microcode_ctl on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20180103) (Spectre)");
  script_summary(english:"Checks rpm output for the updated packages");

  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"synopsis", 
    value:
"The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security
updates."
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"description", 
    value:
"Security Fix(es) :

  - 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-2017-5715 triggers the
    speculative execution by utilizing branch target
    injection. 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 and guest/host
    boundaries and read privileged memory by conducting
    targeted cache side-channel attacks. (CVE-2017-5715)

Note: This is the microcode counterpart of the CVE-2017-5715 kernel
mitigation."
  );
  # https://listserv.fnal.gov/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1801&L=scientific-linux-errata&F=&S=&P=1133
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"see_also",
    value:"http://www.nessus.org/u?066ee6b9"
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"solution", 
    value:
"Update the affected microcode_ctl and / or microcode_ctl-debuginfo
packages."
  );
  script_set_cvss_base_vector("CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N");
  script_set_cvss_temporal_vector("CVSS2#E:H/RL:OF/RC:C");
  script_set_cvss3_base_vector("CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N");
  script_set_cvss3_temporal_vector("CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploitability_ease", value:"Exploits are available");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploit_available", value:"true");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploited_by_malware", value:"true");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"local");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:microcode_ctl");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:microcode_ctl-debuginfo");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"vuln_publication_date", value:"2018/01/04");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2018/01/03");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2018/01/04");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"in_the_news", value:"true");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"generated_plugin", value:"current");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"stig_severity", value:"I");
  script_end_attributes();

  script_category(ACT_GATHER_INFO);
  script_copyright(english:"This script is Copyright (C) 2018-2020 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.");
  script_family(english:"Scientific Linux Local Security Checks");

  script_dependencies("ssh_get_info.nasl");
  script_require_keys("Host/local_checks_enabled", "Host/cpu", "Host/RedHat/release", "Host/RedHat/rpm-list");

  exit(0);
}


include("audit.inc");
include("global_settings.inc");
include("misc_func.inc");
include("rpm.inc");

if (!get_kb_item("Host/local_checks_enabled")) audit(AUDIT_LOCAL_CHECKS_NOT_ENABLED);
release = get_kb_item("Host/RedHat/release");
if (isnull(release) || "Scientific Linux " >!< release) audit(AUDIT_HOST_NOT, "running Scientific Linux");
os_ver = pregmatch(pattern: "Scientific Linux.*release ([0-9]+(\.[0-9]+)?)", string:release);
if (isnull(os_ver)) audit(AUDIT_UNKNOWN_APP_VER, "Scientific Linux");
os_ver = os_ver[1];
if (! preg(pattern:"^6([^0-9]|$)", string:os_ver)) audit(AUDIT_OS_NOT, "Scientific Linux 6.x", "Scientific Linux " + os_ver);
if (!get_kb_item("Host/RedHat/rpm-list")) audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_LIST_MISSING);

cpu = get_kb_item("Host/cpu");
if (isnull(cpu)) audit(AUDIT_UNKNOWN_ARCH);
if (cpu >!< "x86_64" && cpu !~ "^i[3-6]86$") audit(AUDIT_LOCAL_CHECKS_NOT_IMPLEMENTED, "Scientific Linux", cpu);


flag = 0;
if (rpm_check(release:"SL6", reference:"microcode_ctl-1.17-25.2.el6_9")) flag++;
if (rpm_check(release:"SL6", reference:"microcode_ctl-debuginfo-1.17-25.2.el6_9")) flag++;


if (flag)
{
  security_report_v4(
    port       : 0,
    severity   : SECURITY_WARNING,
    extra      : rpm_report_get()
  );
  exit(0);
}
else
{
  tested = pkg_tests_get();
  if (tested) audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_NOT_AFFECTED, tested);
  else audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_NOT_INSTALLED, "microcode_ctl / microcode_ctl-debuginfo");
}