Bug 1828580 (CVE-2020-8694)

Summary: CVE-2020-8694 kernel: Insufficient access control vulnerability in PowerCap Framework
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Pedro Sampaio <psampaio>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's implementation of Intel's Running Average Power Limit (RAPL) implementation. A local attacker could infer secrets by measuring power usage and also infer private data by observing the power usage of calculations performed on the data.
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Bug Depends On: 1844297, 1844298, 1844299, 1844300, 1896525, 1957867, 1957868    
Bug Blocks: 1828581    

Description Pedro Sampaio 2020-04-27 20:34:41 UTC
A 'power analysis' side channel was found in the PowerCap framework.  A local authenticated attacker can potentially use the powercap measurements to infer usually private information by measuring the power used by operations on the hidden information.

Comment 12 RaTasha Tillery-Smith 2020-06-04 14:16:22 UTC

A temporary measure would be to remove the ability for non-root users 
to read the current RAPL energy reporting metrics.

This can be done with the command:

$ sudo chmod 400 /sys/class/powercap/intel_rapl/*/energy_uj

This mitigation will only work on the current boot and will need to be reapplied at each system boot to remain in effect.

Comment 16 Petr Matousek 2020-06-05 12:15:53 UTC

Name: Intel

Comment 20 Petr Matousek 2020-11-10 19:33:56 UTC
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1896525]