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Intel® PAC with Arria® 10 GX FPGA Advisory

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00375
Advisory Category: Firmware
Impact of vulnerability: Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating: HIGH
Original release: 08/11/2020
Last revised: 08/11/2020


A potential security vulnerability in Intel® Programmable Acceleration Cards (PAC) with Arria® 10 GX Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) may allow escalation of privilege.  Intel is releasing firmware updates to mitigate this potential vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details:

CVEID: CVE-2020-8684

Description: Improper access control in firmware for Intel(R) PAC with Arria(R) 10 GX FPGA before Intel Acceleration Stack version 1.2.1 may allow a privileged user to potentially enable escalation of privilege via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 7.2 High


Affected Products:

Intel® PAC with Arria® 10 GX FPGA before Intel Acceleration Stack version 1.2.1.


Intel recommends updating Intel® PAC with Arria® 10 GX FPGA to Intel Acceleration Stack version 1.2.1 or later.

Updates are available for download at this location:


This issue was found internally by Brent Thomas and Jaime Zepeda.

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 08/11/2020 Initial Release
1.1 08/20/2020 Corrected names in acknowldedgements 

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