Linux Kernel up to 4.18.0 RSB bugs.c spectre_v2_select_mitigation Spectre 7pk security

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A vulnerability was found in Linux Kernel up to 4.18.0 (Operating System). It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is the function spectre_v2_select_mitigation of the file arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c of the component RSB Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a 7pk security vulnerability (Spectre). Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-254. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The spectre_v2_select_mitigation function in arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c in the Linux kernel before 4.18.1 does not always fill RSB upon a context switch, which makes it easier for attackers to conduct userspace-userspace spectreRSB attacks.

The bug was discovered 07/31/2018. The weakness was presented 08/20/2018 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2018-15572 since 08/19/2018. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit. This vulnerability is assigned to T1211 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 19 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 117523 (openSUSE Security Update : the Linux Kernel (openSUSE-2018-1016)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 157830 (Oracle Enterprise Linux Security Update for Unbreakable Enterprise kernel (ELSA-2018-4261)).

Upgrading to version 4.18.1 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 4 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (117523) and SecurityFocus (BID 105154†).







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Name: Spectre
Class: 7pk security / Spectre
CWE: CWE-254

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Nessus ID: 117523
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : the Linux Kernel (openSUSE-2018-1016)
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Upgrade: Kernel 4.18.1


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Advisory: USN-3775-1
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2018-15572 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 105154 - Linux Kernel 'net/ipv4/cipso_ipv4.c' Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability


Created: 08/20/2018 08:34 AM
Updated: 05/02/2023 02:46 PM
Changes: 08/20/2018 08:34 AM (80), 03/16/2020 08:06 PM (4), 05/02/2023 02:46 PM (5)
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