CVE Vulnerabilities

CVE-2018-12204

Improper Initialization

Published: Mar 14, 2019 | Modified: Oct 03, 2019
CVSS 3.x
6.7
MEDIUM
Source:
NVD
CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
CVSS 2.x
7.2 HIGH
AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
RedHat/V2
RedHat/V3
Ubuntu

Improper memory initialization in Platform Sample/Silicon Reference firmware Intel(R) Server Board, Intel(R) Server System and Intel(R) Compute Module may allow privileged user to potentially enable an escalation of privilege via local access.

Weakness

The software does not initialize or incorrectly initializes a resource, which might leave the resource in an unexpected state when it is accessed or used.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Intel-microcode Ubuntu bionic *
Intel-microcode Ubuntu cosmic *
Intel-microcode Ubuntu esm-infra/xenial *
Intel-microcode Ubuntu trusty *
Intel-microcode Ubuntu trusty/esm *
Intel-microcode Ubuntu xenial *

Potential Mitigations

  • Use a language that does not allow this weakness to occur or provides constructs that make this weakness easier to avoid.
  • For example, in Java, if the programmer does not explicitly initialize a variable, then the code could produce a compile-time error (if the variable is local) or automatically initialize the variable to the default value for the variable’s type. In Perl, if explicit initialization is not performed, then a default value of undef is assigned, which is interpreted as 0, false, or an equivalent value depending on the context in which the variable is accessed.

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