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Title:       EGI SVG 'ALERT' [TLP:WHITE] Various Intel Vulnerabilities CVE-2017-5712 and others [EGI-SVG-CVE-2017-5712] 

Date:        2017-12-06 

Affected software and risk

Various intel vulnerabilities.

Package :  Intel firmware
CVE ID  :  CVE-2017-5705, CVE-2017-5708, CVE-2017-5711, CVE-2017-5712

Various intel vulnerabilities have been identified by Intel, which allow privilege escalation. [R 1]   
At least one site has been identified which has the vulnerable CPU type in the cluster. 

Actions required/recommended

Sites should take a look at [R 1] and consider whether any actions are necessary on their particular site.  

Affected software details

See [R 1]

For a list of vulnerable CPUs see [R 2] 

More information

One (CVE-2017-5712) is in certain circumstances possibly remotely exploitable. 
The others require physical access to the appropriate machine.  
In addition, CVE-2017-5689 (INTEL-SA-00075) about which SVG issued an advisory [R 4] 
may make CVE-2017-5712 more likely to be remotely exploitable.  

Sites should see [R 1].

For a list of vulnerable CPUs see [R 2] 

An intel detection tool can be used to check if firmware is vulnerable, which can be downloaded from [R 3].  
This tool is available for multiple platforms including linux.


It is thought that the ability to exploit these vulnerabilities in the EGI infrastructure is limited. 

If any site finds that these are easily exploitable in their site configuration, particularly if this 
is likely to be the case at other sites, please let us (SVG) know. 


** WHITE information - Unlimited distribution - see for distribution restrictions***                       

Minor updates may be made without re-distribution to the sites


Comments or questions should be sent to svg-rat  at

If you find or become aware of another vulnerability which is relevant to EGI you may report it by e-mail to  

report-vulnerability at
the EGI Software Vulnerability Group will take a look according to the procedure defined in [R 5]  

Note that this has been updated and the latest version approved by the Operations Management Board in November 2017


[R 1]

[R 2]

[R 3]

[R 4]

[R 5]


SVG was alerted to this vulnerability by  Barbara Krašovec 

Yyyy-mm-dd  [EGI-SVG-CVE-2017-5712] 

2017-11-29 SVG alerted to this issue by Barbara Krašovec
2017------ Discussion on vulnerability and relevance to EGI carried out by irtf,SVG
2017-12-04 Decision to send 'alert' to sites
2017-12-06 Alert sent to sites


This advisory has been prepared as part of the effort to fulfil EGI SVG's purpose 
"To minimize the risk to the EGI infrastructure arising from software vulnerabilities"

The risk is that assessed by the group, according to the EGI SVG issue handling procedure [R 5]  
in the context of how the software is used in the EGI infrastructure. It is the opinion of the group, w
e do not guarantee it to be correct. The risk may also be higher or lower in other deployments depending 
on how the software is used.   

Others may re-use this information provided they:-

1) Respect the provided TLP classification

2) Credit the EGI Software Vulnerability Group

On behalf of the EGI SVG,

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