ESB-2018.0087 - [Juniper] Juniper appliances: Access privileged data - Existing account - 2018-01-08

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2018-01 Out of Cycle Security Bulletin: Meltdown & Spectre: CPU Speculative
   Execution and Indirect Branch Prediction Side Channel Analysis Method
                              8 January 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Juniper appliances
Publisher:         Juniper Networks
Operating System:  Juniper
Impact/Access:     Access Privileged Data -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2017-5754 CVE-2017-5753 CVE-2017-5715

Reference:         ASB-2018.0002.4

Original Bulletin:

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2018-01 Out of Cycle Security Bulletin: Meltdown & Spectre: CPU Speculative 
Execution and Indirect Branch Prediction Side Channel Analysis Method

Product Affected:

See Problem and Solution sections below.

Modern microprocessors that implement speculative execution of instructions 
are susceptible to a new class of cache timing attacks being called "Meltdown"
and "Spectre".  These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to read
privileged memory which may contain sensitive information such as passwords or
encryption keys.

There are three known variants of the issue:

    Variant 1: bounds check bypass (CVE-2017-5753)
    Variant 2: branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715)
    Variant 3: rogue data cache load (CVE-2017-5754)

Almost all modern CPUs, including the ones in most Juniper products, use 
speculative execution and are potentially susceptible to these types of 
attacks. However, it is important to note that in order to exploit this 
weakness and gain access to restricted memory, the attack requires executing
crafted code on the device. Many networking devices from Juniper can only
execute code signed by Juniper.  In these devices there is no exposure to
privileged memory being read by an unauthorized user.

Deployments where users can execute arbitrary code, including many virtualized,
container, Flex, and application products are potentially impacted.  Customers
should follow standard BCPs to limit exposure and apply fixes as they become
Product Status:
Juniper SIRT is actively investigating the impact on Juniper Networks products
and services. 

The following products may be impacted if deployed in a way that allows
unsigned code execution:

    Junos OS based platforms
    Junos Space appliance
    Qfabric Director
    CTP Series
    NSMXpress/NSM3000/NSM4000 appliances 
    STRM/Juniper Secure Analytics (JSA) appliances
    SRC/C Series

The following products are not impacted:

    ScreenOS / Netscreen platforms
    JUNOSe / E Series platforms
    BTI platforms

Juniper is continuing to investigate our product portfolio for affected 
products that are not mentioned above. As new information becomes available 
this document will be updated.

Where possible, Juniper will be developing software fixes that prevent these
type of attacks.  This JSA will be updated as those fixes become available for
Juniper devices.
In order to mitigate this vulnerability, only run software from trusted 
sources.  It is also recommended to limit the access to critical infrastructure
networking equipment to only trusted administrators from trusted administrative
networks or hosts.
Modification History:

2018-01-05: Initial publication

Related Links:

    Intel: Speculative Execution and Indirect Branch Prediction Side Channel
    Analysis Method

    Intel Responds to Security Research Findings

    Intel: Facts about The New Security Research Findings and Intel Products

    Project Zero: Reading privileged memory with a side-channel

    KB16613: Overview of the Juniper Networks SIRT Quarterly Security 
    Bulletin Publication Process

    KB16765: In which releases are vulnerabilities fixed?

    KB16446: Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and Juniper's Security

    Report a Vulnerability - How to Contact the Juniper Networks Security 
    Incident Response Team

CVSS Score:
4.1 (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Risk Level:

Risk Assessment:
In the case of Junos OS, in order to exploit this vulnerability an attacker 
must have a local authenticated privileged (admin) and needs to bypass the image 
validation checking.

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