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Intel® QAT for Linux Advisory

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00420
Advisory Category: Software
Impact of vulnerability: Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating: HIGH
Original release: 11/10/2020
Last revised: 11/10/2020


A potential security vulnerability in the Intel® QuickAssist Technology (QAT) for Linux may allow escalation of privilege.  Intel is releasing software updates to mitigate this potential vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2020-12333

Description: Insufficiently protected credentials in the Intel(R) QAT for Linux before version 1.7.l.4.10.0 may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable escalation of privilege via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 7.5 High


Affected Products:

Intel® QAT for Linux before version 1.7.l.4.10.0.


Intel recommends updating the Intel® QAT for Linux to version 1.7.l.4.10.0 or later.

Updates are available for download at this location:


This issue was found internally by Intel employees.  Intel we would like to thank Arjan Van de Ven.

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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