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      Intel Stratix 10 FPGA SDM for Intel Quartus Prime Pro Advisory
                             11 November 2020


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Intel Quartus Prime Pro software
Publisher:         Intel
Operating System:  Windows
                   Linux variants
Impact/Access:     Increased Privileges     -- Console/Physical
                   Access Confidential Data -- Console/Physical
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2020-12312 CVE-2020-8737 

Original Bulletin: 

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Intel ID:             INTEL-SA-00388
Advisory Category:        Hardware
Impact of vulnerability : Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating :         HIGH
Original release:         11/10/2020
Last revised:             11/10/2020


Potential security vulnerabilities in the Intel Stratix 10 FPGA firmware
provided with Intel Quartus Prime Pro software may allow privilege escalation
and/or information disclosure. Intel is releasing software updates to mitigate
these potential vulnerabilities.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2020-8737

Description: Improper buffer restrictions in the Intel(R) Stratix(R) 10 FPGA
firmware provided with the Intel(R) Quartus(R) Prime Pro software before
version 20.1 may allow an unauthenticated user to potentially enable escalation
of privilege and/or information disclosure via physical access.

CVSS Base Score: 7.3 High


CVEID: CVE-2020-12312

Description: Improper buffer restrictions in the Intel(R) Stratix(R) 10 FPGA
firmware provided with the Intel(R) Quartus(R) Prime Pro software before
version 20.2 may allow an unauthenticated user to potentially enable escalation
of privilege via physical access.

CVSS Base Score: 4.9 Medium


Affected Products:

Intel Quartus Prime Pro before version 20.2.


Intel recommends taking the following steps in order to mitigate this potential
vulnerability. Detailed instructions are provided in the application note
AN-923 Updating Intel Stratix 10 FPGA Firmware .

. Update Intel Quartus Prime Pro to 20.2 or later.

. Update Intel Stratix 10 FPGA firmware.

. Intel recommends cancelling Intel Stratix 10 FPGA firmware key cancellation
IDs for all prior versions of firmware, which includes IDs 0 through 6. If the
AES root key was programmed using firmware from Intel Quartus Prime Pro
software version 19.4 or earlier, contact Intel Support. Refer to this user
guide for details .

Updates to Intel Quartus Prime Pro are available for download at this location:


This issue was found internally by Intel employees. Intel would like to thank
Greg Alexander.

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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