Speculative execution branch target injectionAn 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-2017-5715triggers 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.(CVE-2017-5715 )
Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; allows unauthorized modification; allows disruption of service.
Please refer to Amazon advisory ALAS-2018-962 for affected packages and patching details, or update with your package manager.
Following are links for downloading patches to fix the vulnerabilities: