000036320 - RSA Archer VRM Physical Appliance – Patching Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

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Article Number000036320
Applies ToRSA Product Set: VRM
RSA Product/Service Type: VRM Physical Appliance
CVE IDCVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5754
Article SummaryThe VRM Physical Appliance is a single-user, root-user-only appliance. The vulnerabilities do not introduce any additional risk to a customer’s environment for “in-guest” attacks, provided you follow the recommended best practices to protect the access of highly privileged accounts. However, you should patch your VRM (CentOS Version 6) with latest kernel security update and latest BIOS firmware “PowerEdge R620 BIOS Version 2.6.1”, which are both currently available in the CentOS repository and Dell Support.
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2018-January/022701.html
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/servicetag/c2p0tw1/drivers 
Link to Advisories000035890 - Microprocessor Side-Channel Attacks (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754): Impact on RSA products
ResolutionYou must install the following rpm files in each VRM warehouse node to apply the kernel patch:
 
kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm 
kernel-debug-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm 
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm 
kernel-doc-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm 
kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm 
perf-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm 
python-perf-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm 
kernel-debug-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
kernel-doc-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.noarch.rpm 
kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
perf-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm 
python-perf-2.6.32-696.18.7.el6.i686.rpm
 
Once the rpms are installed, you must reboot each warehouse node.
 
Another way to apply the security patches is to run this command on each node: <yum update> followed by a reboot on each node one by one.
 
Note: The VRM Virtual Images are configured with an internal network which will not have access to CentOS repository. Therefore, you should ask your IT department if there is an internal repository or a proxy server that you can use while you apply the patch.
 
Once the OS Patch has been applied to your appliances, you need to update the BIOS firmware “PowerEdge R620 BIOS Version 2.6.1” to latest update which can be downloaded from Dell Support using your appliances serial number.
 
Please Follow the steps provided by Dell to update the BIOS firmware:
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln284433/what-is-bios-and-how-to-update-the-bios-on-your-dell-system?lang=en
 


 

 

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