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                          Intel BSSA DFT Advisory
                               14 July 2021


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Intel Processors
Publisher:         Intel
Operating System:  Windows
                   UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:     Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2021-0144  

Original Bulletin: 

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Intel ID:             INTEL-SA-00525
Advisory Category:        Firmware
Impact of vulnerability : Escalation of Privilege
Severity rating :         HIGH
Original release:         07/13/2021
Last revised:             07/13/2021


A potential security vulnerability in the customer build time configuration for
the Intel BIOS Shared SW Architecture (BSSA) Design for Test (DFT) feature may
allow escalation of privilege. Intel is releasing detailed guidance to address
this potential vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details:

CVEID: CVE-2021-0144

Description: Insecure default variable initialization for the Intel BSSA DFT
feature may allow a privileged user to potentially enable an escalation of
privilege via local access.

CVSS Base Score: 7.5 High


Affected Products:

  o 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  o Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  o Intel Core X-series Processors
  o Intel Xeon Processor W Family
  o Intel Xeon Processor D Family
  o Intel Xeon Processor E5 v4 Family
  o Intel Xeon Processor E5 v3 Family


Intel recommends that users of the potentially affected products update to the
latest BIOS firmware version provided by the system manufacturer that addresses
these issues.


Intel would like to thank Nvidia for reporting this issue.

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      07/13/2021 Initial Release

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