Impact of Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 & CVE-2017-5715) on Veritas InfoScale, Storage Foundation High Availability (SFHA) solutions and Access

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Last Published: 2019-03-08
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Product(s): Access, InfoScale & Storage Foundation


Veritas is aware of the issues known as "Meltdown" (CVE-2017-5754) and "Spectre" (CVE-2017-5753 & CVE-2017-5715) that affect software running on Intel, AMD and ARM processors. Several vendors have released updated operating system kernels/patches, to mitigate these issues.

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Veritas is investigating the impact of these issues on the Veritas products above and the effect of these kernel patches.

At this time, performance impact to the products above is unknown. Veritas is working to determine measurable performance impact.

Veritas will update this article as new information becomes available.

For more information on Meltdown and Spectre please see the following:


InfoScale/Storage Foundation functional test matrix

Completed items indicated no functionality issues with new kernel patch

 Platform Version Kernel version  InfoScale/SFHA Qualified   InfoScale/SFHA Patch used*
 RHEL 6.9  2.6.32-696.18.7.el6  SFHA 6.0.5  Complete
 RHEL 6.9 2.6.32-696.18.7.el6  SFHA 6.1.1  Complete
 RHEL 6.9 2.6.32-696.18.7.el6  SFHA 6.2.1  Complete
 RHEL 6.9 2.6.32-696.18.7.el6  InfoScale 7.2  Complete No Patch required
 RHEL 6.9 2.6.32-696.18.7.el6  InfoScale 7.1  Complete
 RHEL 7.2 3.10.0-327.62.4  InfoScale 7.2  Complete No Patch required
 RHEL 7.3 3.10.0-514.36.5  InfoScale 7.1  Complete
 RHEL 7.3 3.10.0-514.36.5  SFHA 6.2.1  Complete
 RHEL 7.4 3.10.0-693.11.6  InfoScale 7.2  Complete
 RHEL 7.4 3.10.0-693.11.6  InfoScale 7.3  Complete
 RHEL 7.4 3.10.0-693.11.6  SFHA 6.2.1  Complete
 SLES 11 SP3 3.0.101-  SFHA 6.1.1  Complete No Patch required
 SLES 11 SP4 3.0.101-108.21.1  SFHA 6.1.1  Complete
 SLES 12 SP2 4.4.103-92.56.1  SFHA 6.2.1  Complete

*The InfoScale/SFHA patches used were required for the OS update support.




Support for retpoline enabled kernels

Some linux vendors have produced retpoline enabled kernels to prevent against Spectre vulnerability.
Veritas is developing patches which contain updated InfoScale/SFHA kernel components which have been re-compiled with a retpoline compiler. The following table lists InfoScale/SFHA support on retpoline enabled kernels


OS Version



Kernel IS/SFHA Patch Status 
RHEL 7.5 7.3.1 3 .10.0-862.el7.x86_64 Released
RHEL 7.6 7.3.1 3.10.0-957.1.3 Released
RHEL 7.4 6.2.1 3.10.0-693.21.1.el7.x86_64 Released
RHEL 7.5 6.2.1 3.10.0-862.el7.x86_64 Released
RHEL 6.10 6.2.1 2.6.32-754 Released
RHEL 6.9 6.2.1 2.6.32-696.23.1.el6 Released
RHEL 6.10 6.0.5 2.6.32-754 Released
SLES11 SP4 7.4 3.0.101-108.74 Released
SLES11 SP4 6.2.1 3.0.101-108.71.1 Released
RHEL 7.6 7.4 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64 Released
RHEL 6.10 7.3.1 2.6.32-754 Released











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