On Thursday 04 January 2018 CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, and CVE-2017-5754 were published in response to research from Google’s Project Zero, among others, related to side-channel analysis of speculative execution on modern computer processors.
These attacks have been named Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5753) and have their own namesake website, at https://meltdownattack.com/ and at https://spectreattack.com/
These hardware vulnerabilities can be exploited by local programs on a given host processor to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. All Aerohive products are closed systems, not allowing the installation of third-party applications. Because of this, Aerohive believes that these vulnerabilities cannot be exploited on Aerohive products in their normal configurations.
Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.
Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud. Depending on the cloud provider’s infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.
May allow unauthorized disclosure of information.
As always, Aerohive recommends that you follow best security practices, including reduction of possible attack surface areas by use of physical access control methods and network methods such as network-level ACLs to restrict access to sensitive equipment.
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Revision 1.0 / 2018-01-05 INITIAL PUBLICATION
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