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Intel® CSME Advisory

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00307
Advisory Category: Firmware
Impact of vulnerability: Escalation of Privilege, Denial of Service, Information Disclosure
Severity rating: HIGH
Original release: 02/11/2020
Last revised: 02/11/2020

Summary: 

A potential security vulnerability in CSME subsystem may allow escalation of privilege, denial of service, and information disclosure.  Intel is releasing firmware updates to mitigate this potential vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details:

CVEID: CVE-2019-14598

Description: Improper Authentication in subsystem in Intel(R) CSME versions 12.0 through 12.0.48 (IOT only: 12.0.56), versions 13.0 through 13.0.20, versions 14.0 through 14.0.10 may allow a privileged user to potentially enable escalation of privilege, denial of service or information disclosure via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 8.2 High

CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Affected Products:

Intel® CSME versions before 12.0.49 (IOT only: 12.0.56), 13.0.21, 14.0.11.

Recommendations:

Intel recommends updating to Intel® CSME versions 12.0.49, 13.0.21, and 14.0.11 or later provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues.

Intel recommends IOT customers using Intel® CSME version 12.0.55 to update to 12.0.56 or later provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues.

Acknowledgements:

This issue was found internally by Intel employees. Intel would like to thank Chedva Gottesman.

Intel, and nearly the entire technology industry, follows a disclosure practice called Coordinated Disclosure, under which a cybersecurity vulnerability is generally publicly disclosed only after mitigations are available.

Revision History

Revision Date Description
1.0 02/11/2020 Initial Release
1.1 02/12/2020 Clarified affected version in CVE description

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