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Updates about the “Spectre” series of processor vulnerabilities and CVE-2018-3693

Eric Maurice
Director of Security Assurance

A new processor vulnerability was announced today. Vulnerability CVE-2018-3693 (“Bounds Check Bypass Store” or BCBS) is closely related to Spectre v1. As with previous iterations of Spectre and Meltdown, Oracle is actively engaged with Intel and other industry partners to develop technical mitigations against this processor vulnerability.

Note that many industry experts anticipate that a number of new variants of exploits leveraging these known flaws in modern processor designs will continue to be disclosed for the foreseeable future. These issues are likely to primarily impact operating systems and virtualization platforms, and may require software update, microcode update, or both. Fortunately, the conditions of exploitation for these issues remain similar: malicious exploitation requires the attackers to first obtain the privileges required to install and execute malicious code against the targeted systems.

In regard to vulnerabilities CVE-2018-3640 (“Spectre v3a”) and CVE-2018-3639 (“Spectre v4”), Oracle has determined that the SPARC processors manufactured by Oracle (i.e., SPARC M8, T8, M7, T7, S7, M6, M5, T5, T4, T3, T2, T1) are not affected by these variants. In addition, Oracle has delivered microcode patches for the last 4 generations of Oracle x86 Servers.

As with previous versions of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities (see MOS Note ID 2347948.1), Oracle will publish information about these issues on My Oracle Support.

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