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CVE-2018-8897

2018-05-0800:00:00
ubuntu.com
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CVSS2

7.2

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

COMPLETE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS3

7.8

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

EPSS

0.001

Percentile

31.1%

A statement in the System Programming Guide of the Intel 64 and IA-32
Architectures Software Developer’s Manual (SDM) was mishandled in the
development of some or all operating-system kernels, resulting in
unexpected behavior for #DB exceptions that are deferred by MOV SS or POP
SS, as demonstrated by (for example) privilege escalation in Windows,
macOS, some Xen configurations, or FreeBSD, or a Linux kernel crash. The
MOV to SS and POP SS instructions inhibit interrupts (including NMIs), data
breakpoints, and single step trap exceptions until the instruction boundary
following the next instruction (SDM Vol. 3A; section 6.8.3). (The inhibited
data breakpoints are those on memory accessed by the MOV to SS or POP to SS
instruction itself.) Note that debug exceptions are not inhibited by the
interrupt enable (EFLAGS.IF) system flag (SDM Vol. 3A; section 2.3). If the
instruction following the MOV to SS or POP to SS instruction is an
instruction like SYSCALL, SYSENTER, INT 3, etc. that transfers control to
the operating system at CPL < 3, the debug exception is delivered after the
transfer to CPL < 3 is complete. OS kernels may not expect this order of
events and may therefore experience unexpected behavior when it occurs.

Notes

Author Note
tyhicks Thanks to Andy Lutomirski for help in Linux kernel research and test case
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CVSS2

7.2

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

COMPLETE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS3

7.8

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

EPSS

0.001

Percentile

31.1%