[USN-4628-2] Intel Microcode regression

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[USN-4628-2] Intel Microcode regression

Alex Murray
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4628-2
November 12, 2020

intel-microcode regression

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 20.10
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


USN-4628-1 introduced a regression in the Intel Microcode for some processors.

Software Description:
- intel-microcode: Processor microcode for Intel CPUs


USN-4628-1 provided updated Intel Processor Microcode. Unfortunately,
that update prevented certain processors in the Intel Tiger Lake family
from booting successfully. This update reverts the microcode update for
the Tiger Lake processor family.

Please note that the 'dis_ucode_ldr' kernel command line option can be
added in the boot menu to disable microcode loading for system recovery.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 Moritz Lipp, Michael Schwarz, Andreas Kogler, David Oswald, Catherine
 Easdon, Claudio Canella, and Daniel Gruss discovered that the Intel Running
 Average Power Limit (RAPL) feature of some Intel processors allowed a side-
 channel attack based on power consumption measurements. A local attacker
 could possibly use this to expose sensitive information. (CVE-2020-8695)
 Ezra Caltum, Joseph Nuzman, Nir Shildan and Ofir Joseff discovered that
 some Intel(R) Processors did not properly remove sensitive information
 before storage or transfer in some situations. A local attacker could
 possibly use this to expose sensitive information. (CVE-2020-8696)
 Ezra Caltum, Joseph Nuzman, Nir Shildan and Ofir Joseff discovered that
 some Intel(R) Processors did not properly isolate shared resources in some
 situations. A local attacker could possibly use this to expose sensitive
 information. (CVE-2020-8698)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 20.10:
  intel-microcode                 3.20201110.0ubuntu0.20.10.2

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20201110.0ubuntu0.20.04.2

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20201110.0ubuntu0.18.04.2

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  intel-microcode                 3.20201110.0ubuntu0.16.04.2

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM:
  intel-microcode                 3.20201110.0ubuntu0.14.04.2

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.


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