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2020.2 IPU - Intel® RAPL Interface Advisory

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00389
Advisory Category: Firmware
Impact of vulnerability: Information Disclosure
Severity rating: MEDIUM
Original release: 11/10/2020
Last revised: 11/10/2020

Summary: 

Potential security vulnerabilities in the Intel® Running Average Power Limit (RAPL) Interface may allow information disclosure.  Intel is releasing microcode and Linux driver updates to mitigate these potential vulnerabilities.

Vulnerability Details:

CVEID:  CVE-2020-8694

Description: Insufficient access control in the Linux kernel driver for some Intel(R) Processors may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable information disclosure via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 5.6 Medium

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

 

CVEID:  CVE-2020-8695

Description: Observable discrepancy in the RAPL interface for some Intel(R) Processors may allow a privileged user to potentially enable information disclosure via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 5.3 Medium

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

Affected Products:

Product Collection

Vertical Segment

CPUID

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806E9

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806EC

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

906EA

9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

906EC

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

906EA

9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

906EC

Intel® Xeon® Processor E Family

Server Workstation AMT Server

906EA

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806EA

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor Series Intel® Celeron® Processor G Series

Desktop

906EB

Intel® Xeon® Processor E Family

Server Workstation AMT Server

906EA

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

906EA

9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

906ED

9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

906ED

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

A0660

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

A0661

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806EC

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop

A0653

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

A0655

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

A0652

Intel® Pentium® Processor Silver Series Intel® Celeron® Processor J Series Intel® Celeron® Processor N Series

Desktop Mobile Embedded

706A1

Intel® Pentium® Processor Silver Series Intel® Celeron® Processor J Series Intel® Celeron® Processor N Series

Desktop Mobile Embedded

706A8

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

706E5

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

906E9

7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile Embedded

906E9

8th Generation Intel® Core™  Processor Family

Mobile

806EA

7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop Embedded

906E9

7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806E9

7th Generation Intel® Core™

Processor Family

Mobile

806E9

Intel® Core™ X-series Processors

Desktop

906E9

Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v6 Family

Server Workstation AMT Server

906E9

7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

806E9

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

506E3

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Desktop Embedded

506E3

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Mobile

406E3

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

406E3

Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5 Family

Server Workstation AMT Server

506E3

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Mobile

406E3

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Mobile

806EB

8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Mobile

806EC

Recommendations:

Intel recommends that users of affected Intel® Processors update to the latest firmware version provided by the system manufacturer that addresses this issue.

Intel recommends that users of affected Intel® Processors install the updates provided by their software vendors. In Linux, for the change to be effective it will require a reboot. If a reboot is not possible, Intel recommends changing the permissions of the affected sysfs attributes so that only privileged users can access them.

Acknowledgements:

CVE-2020-8694 and CVE-2020-8695 were found externally, Intel would like to thank:

Graz University of Technology: Moritz Lipp, Andreas Kogler, Daniel Gruss

CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security: Michael Schwarz

University of Birmingham: David Oswald.

CVE-2020-8695 was found internally by Intel employees.  Intel would like to thank Chen Liu, Terry Wang, Neer Roggel, Ben Gras, Monodeep Kar, Bilgiday Yuce.

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 11/10/2020 Initial Release

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