Impact of Spectre BHB on Ampere

Bulletin ID: AMP-SB-0001
Potential Impact: Partial loss of protected data
Severity: Medium: CVSS score is 4.7




Ampere investigated the potential impacts of the Spectre-BHB to Ampere products. The description of the vulnerability, published by the national vulnerability database (NVD) states:

Spectre BHB is a variant of Spectre-v2 in which malicious code uses the shared branch history (stored in the CPU BHB) to influence mispredicted branches in the victim's hardware context. Speculation caused by these mispredicted branches can then potentially be used to cause cache allocation, which can then be used to infer information that should be protected.


Affected Product(s):

Ampere® Altra® and Ampere® Altra® Max


Ampere recommends that users of affected products update to the latest firmware version provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues.
Ampere also recommends updating to the latest OS updates that that addresses these issues.
Disable unprivileged Extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF)