TippingPoint Threat Intelligence and Zero-Day Coverage – Week of January 8, 2018

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Last week, three interesting vulnerabilities popped up on the news and security feeds. Researchers disclosed CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, collectively known as Spectre, and CVE-2017-5754, known as Meltdown. These vulnerabilities take advantage of “speculative execution” of instructions performed by many modern microprocessors and can potentially allow an unprivileged attacker to read privileged memory allocated to the operating system kernel resulting in unintended information disclosure.

In order to exploit any of these vulnerabilities, an attacker must be able to run crafted code on an affected device. Trend Micro’s TippingPoint devices are closed systems that only allow our trusted code to be executed. The underlying CPU and OS combination in the TippingPoint devices may be affected by these vulnerabilities; however, because our systems are closed with an inability to run arbitrary code, there is no vector to exploit. As of the writing of this blog, there are no known attacks that impact TippingPoint products. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and inform our customers of any updates.

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