microcode_ctl security update (RHSA-2018-0012 and RHSA-2018-0093)

Original Release Date: January 5, 2018
Last Revised: February 13, 2018
Number: ASA-2018-004
Overall Severity Classification: Medium
Advisory Version: 3.0
Advisory Status: Interim

1. Overview:

The microcode_ctl packages provide microcode updates for Intel and AMD processors.

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. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2017-5715 to this issue.

Note: This is the microcode counterpart of the CVE-2017-5715 kernel mitigation.

Further testing has uncovered problems with the microcode provided by Red Hat along with the "Spectre" mitigation that could lead to system instabilities. As a result, Red Hat has recommended that the microcode be reverted to the last known good configuration provided by Red Hat. Updates to mitigate the "Spectre" issues in the microcode_ctl package on systems running RHEL7 will be provided by hardware vendors and will be included in an update from Avaya for System Products listed in Section 2.

More information about these vulnerabilities can be found in the security advisory issued by Red Hat:

2. Avaya System Products using a modified version of RHEL7 with affected packages installed:

For assessment and severity classification details refer to Section 3 of Avaya's Product Vulnerability Response Policy.
The "Resolution" column will be updated as fixes are made available. Please reference the "Information" column for any additional information regarding the affected product.

Product: Version(s): Resolution: Information:
Avaya Aura® Application Enablement Services 7.1.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Breeze™ Platform 3.3.x, 3.4.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Aura® Communication Manager 7.1.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 7.2.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Aura® Session Manager 7.1.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Aura® System Manager 7.1.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.
Avaya Aura® Utility Services 7.1.x Pending See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with section five of Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy

An affected version of the package is installed, but the impact of the vulnerability has not been assessed.

Recommended Actions for System Products:
Avaya strongly recommends following networking and security best practices by implementing firewalls, ACLs, physical security or other appropriate access restrictions. Though Avaya believes such restrictions should always be in place, risk to Avaya products and the surrounding network from this potential vulnerability may be mitigated by ensuring these practices are implemented until such time as an Avaya provided product update or the recommended Avaya action is applied. Further restrictions as deemed necessary based on the customer's security policies may be required during this interim period, but the System Product operating system or application should not be modified unless the change is approved by Avaya. Making changes that are not approved may void the Avaya product service contract.

CVSS 3.0 Scoring and Metrics:

Avaya uses the Common Vulnerability Scoring System version 3 (CVSSv3) base score and metrics as reported by the vendor for the affected component(s) or by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the National Vulnerability Database. In some cases, such as where CVSS information is not available from the vendor or NIST, Avaya will calculate the CVSSv3 base score and metrics. Customers are encouraged to calculate the Temporal and Environmental CVSSv3 scores to determine how the vulnerability could affect their specific implementation or environment. For more information on CVSS and how the score is calculated, see Common Vulnerability Scoring System v3.0: Specification Document.

Vulnerability CVSSv3 Base Score CVSSv3 Metrics
CVE-2017-5715
5.6 (Medium) CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N

3. Avaya Software-Only Products:

Avaya software-only products operate on general-purpose operating systems. Occasionally vulnerabilities may be discovered in the underlying operating system or applications that come with the operating system. These vulnerabilities often do not impact the software-only product directly but may threaten the integrity of the underlying platform.

Product: Actions:
Avaya Aura® Application Enablement Services Avaya is investigating vendor provided patches as they become available. This advisory will be updated when they are approved for installation.
Oceanalytics Elite Avaya is investigating vendor provided patches as they become available. This advisory will be updated when they are approved for installation.

4. Additional Information:

Additional information may also be available via the Avaya support website and through your Avaya account representative. Please contact your Avaya product support representative, or dial 1-800-242-2121, with any questions.

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6. Revision History:

V 1.0 - January 5, 2018 - Initial Statement issued.
V 2.0 - January 30, 2018 - Updated ASA to include new information from Avaya and provided by Red Hat in RHSA-2018-0093 in Section 2. Updated Description and Actions in Section 3. Resolved error in initial ASA by replacing Expereience Portal with Oceanalytics Elite in Section 3.
V 3.0 - February 13, 2018 - Updated Overall Severity Classification and CVSS scores to reflect Red Hat's updated scoring.

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