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Test ID:1.3.6.1.4.1.25623.1.0.891990
Category:Debian Local Security Checks
Title:Debian LTS: Security Advisory for linux-4.9 (DLA-1990-1)
Summary:The remote host is missing an update for the 'linux-4.9'; package(s) announced via the DLA-1990-1 advisory.
Description:Summary:
The remote host is missing an update for the 'linux-4.9'
package(s) announced via the DLA-1990-1 advisory.

Vulnerability Insight:
Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that
may lead to a privilege escalation, denial of service, or information
leak.

CVE-2018-12207

It was discovered that on Intel CPUs supporting hardware
virtualisation with Extended Page Tables (EPT), a guest VM may
manipulate the memory management hardware to cause a Machine Check
Error (MCE) and denial of service (hang or crash).

The guest triggers this error by changing page tables without a
TLB flush, so that both 4 KB and 2 MB entries for the same virtual
address are loaded into the instruction TLB (iTLB). This update
implements a mitigation in KVM that prevents guest VMs from
loading 2 MB entries into the iTLB. This will reduce performance
of guest VMs.

Further information on the mitigation can be found at
<

Intel's explanation of the issue can be found at
<

CVE-2019-0154

Intel discovered that on their 8th and 9th generation GPUs,
reading certain registers while the GPU is in a low-power state
can cause a system hang. A local user permitted to use the GPU
can use this for denial of service.

This update mitigates the issue through changes to the i915
driver.

The affected chips (gen8 and gen9) are listed at
<

CVE-2019-0155

Intel discovered that their 9th generation and newer GPUs are
missing a security check in the Blitter Command Streamer (BCS). A
local user permitted to use the GPU could use this to access any
memory that the GPU has access to, which could result in a denial
of service (memory corruption or crash), a leak of sensitive
information, or privilege escalation.

This update mitigates the issue by adding the security check to
the i915 driver.

The affected chips (gen9 onward) are listed at
<

CVE-2019-11135

It was discovered that on Intel CPUs supporting transactional
memory (TSX), a transaction that is going to be aborted may
continue to execute speculatively, reading sensitive data from
internal buffers and leaking it through dependent operations.
Intel calls this 'TSX Asynchronous Abort' (TAA).

For CPUs affected by the previously published Microarchitectural
Data Sampling (MDS) issues (CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127,
CVE-2018-12130, CVE-2019-11091), the existing mitigation also
mitigates this issue.

For processors that are vulnerable to TAA but not MDS, this update
disables TSX by default. This mitigation requires updated CPU
microcode. An updated intel-microcode package (only available in
Debian non-free) will be provided via a future DLA. The updated
CPU microcode may also be available as part of a system firmware
('BIOS') update.

Further information on the mitigation can be found at
<

Intel's explanation of the issue can be found at
<

Affected Software/OS:
'linux-4.9' package(s) on Debian Linux.

Solution:
For Debian 8 'Jessie', these problems have been fixed in version
4.9.189-3+deb9u2~
deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux-4.9 packages.

CVSS Score:
7.2

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

Cross-Ref: Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2019-0154
Bugtraq: 20191118 [slackware-security] Slackware 14.2 kernel (SSA:2019-320-01) (Google Search)
https://seclists.org/bugtraq/2019/Nov/26
http://packetstormsecurity.com/files/155375/Slackware-Security-Advisory-Slackware-14.2-kernel-Updates.html
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/security-center/advisory/intel-sa-00260.html
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2020:0204
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2020:0204
https://usn.ubuntu.com/4186-2/
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2019-0155
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/security-center/advisory/intel-sa-00242.html
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2019:3841
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:3841
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2019:3887
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:3887
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2019:3889
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:3889
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2019:3908
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:3908
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