Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Oracle Cloud Security Response to Intel Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerabilities

Intel disclosed four new speculative execution side-channel processor vulnerabilities affecting Intel processors. These vulnerabilities have received the following CVE identifiers:

  • CVE-2019-11091: Microarchitectural Data Sampling Uncacheable Memory (MDSUM)

  • CVE-2018-12126: Microarchitectural Store Buffer Data Sampling (MSBDS)

  • CVE-2018-12127: Microarchitectural Load Port Data Sampling (MLPDS)

  • CVE-2018-12130: Microarchitectural Fill Buffer Data Sampling (MFBDS)

For more information, see https://blogs.oracle.com/security/intelmds.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle has deployed technical mitigations across Oracle Cloud Infrastructure systems designed to prevent a malicious attacker’s virtual machine (VM) instance from accessing data from other VM instances.

However, if you manage your own operating systems (OS), you are advised to keep up with OS security patches to address this vulnerability.

The following sections contain the details of mitigations and actions.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute

For details and required actions related to the Compute service's VM and bare metal instances, see Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Customer Advisory for MDS Impact on the Compute Service.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database

If you use Autonomous Data Warehouse and Autonomous Transaction Processing, you have no further action to take.

For details and required actions related to offerings for VM DB systems, bare metal DB systems, and Exadata DB systems, see Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Customer Advisory for MDS Impact on the Database Service.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes

To help secure your existing worker nodes for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes Oracle recommends replacing your current node pools with new node pools. Please follow the instructions described in 'Upgrading' the version of Kubernetes running on worker nodes by creating a new node pool. All worker nodes created or upgraded after May 14th, 2019 are not impacted by this security issue.

Other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services

Technical mitigations designed to protect all other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services against the MDS processor vulnerabilities have been deployed. Oracle will notify customers if additional maintenance activities are required.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic and Oracle Platform Service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic

For more information see Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic.

In response to the MDS processor vulnerabilities, Oracle is performing mandatory maintenance for Infrastructure and Platform Services on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic.

Platform Service hosts managed by Oracle are being patched by Oracle. If you manage your own operating systems, you are advised to keep up with the appropriate OS security patches to address these vulnerabilities.