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Intel® Quartus Family of Tools Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Intel ID:
INTEL-SA-00151
Product family:
Intel® Quartus family of tools
Impact of vulnerability:
Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating:
Moderate
Original release:
07/10/2018
Last revised:
07/10/2018

Summary:

Unquoted service paths in the Intel® Quartus family of tools allows a local attacker to potentially execute arbitrary code.

Description:

The Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) server is vulnerable to replacement of required executables, which on reboot may be run with elevated privileges.

Affected products:

•   Quartus II v11.0 – 15.0 (CVE-2018-3683)
•   Quartus Prime v15.1 – 18.0 (CVE-2018-3684)
•   Intel Quartus II Programmer and Tools v11.0 – 15.0 (CVE-2018-3687)
•   Intel Quartus Prime Programmer and Tools v15.1 – 18.0 (CVE-2018-3688)

Recommendations:

Intel recommends for the affected products listed in this report, to run the patch found here:  https://www.altera.com/support/support-resources/knowledge-base/tools/2018/vulnerability-in-jtag-server-potentially-allows-a-local-attacker.html

Or install Quartus Prime release v18.1 or later (when released; check availability here: http://dl.altera.com/), which already includes the update.

Acknowledgements:

Intel would like to thank SaifAllah benMassaoud for reporting this issue and working with us on coordinated disclosure.

Revision History

Revision Date Description
1.0 07/10/2018
Initial Release
1.1 10/10/2019 Acknowledgements update

CVE Name: CVE-2018-3683, CVE-2018-3684, CVE-2018-3687, CVE-2018-3688

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