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Intel® Smart Sound Technology Advisory

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00354
Advisory Category: Software
Impact of vulnerability: Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating: HIGH
Original release: 03/10/2020
Last revised: 09/24/2021


A potential security vulnerability in Intel® Smart Sound Technology may allow escalation of privilege. Intel is releasing software updates to mitigate this potential vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details:

CVEID: CVE-2020-0583

Description: Improper access control in the subsystem for Intel(R) Smart Sound Technology may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable escalation of privilege via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 8.6 High


Affected Products:

Intel® Smart Sound Technology versions shown below:


Platform Code Name  -  Affected Intel® Smart Sound Technology Driver Versions

  • Ice Lake Xeon-SP - and lower
  • Ice Lake U,Y - and lower
  • Tiger Lake UP3, UP4 - and lower
  • Amber Lake-Y, Kaby Lake U, Kaby Lake U23e and Kaby Lake Y - and lower
  • Coffee Lake U43e and Kaby Lake Refresh U - and lower
  • Whiskey Lake U - and lower
  • Comet Lake U42 and Amber Lake Y - and lower
  • Kaby Lake S, H, G, X, and Kaby Lake Xeon E3 - and lower
  • Comet Lake-H, Comet Lake-S and Comet Lake-U62 - and lower
  • Rocket Lake-S - and lower


Intel recommends that users of Intel® Smart Sound Technology update to the latest version provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues. 


Intel would like to thank Lee Christensen of SpecterOps for reporting this issue.

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 03/10/2020
Initial Release
1.1 04/14/2021 Updated Affected Products
1.2 04/20/2021 Corrected Affected Products
1.3 06/01/2021 Updating 7th Generation Affected Versions
1.4 07/20/2021 Added Detail to Affected Products 
1.5 08/31/2021 Updated Affected Products
1.6 09/24/2021 Updated Affected Products

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