Intel’s TSX Asynchronous Abort Security Vulnerability

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Introduction to this Security Vulnerability

The Days when only the software used to be victims of Malicious Attack are gone. Intel was about to get settled with L1TF vulnerability, when attackers have blown another Hit to the biggest chipset processor manufacturer. This time it came with “TSX Asynchronous Abort” the latest Intel Security Vulnerability. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) have recently registered this as a Intel vulnerability in their website: . Where they have mentioned:

” TSX Asynchronous Abort condition on some CPUs utilizing speculative execution may allow an authenticated user to potentially enable information disclosure via a side-channel with local access.”

Processors effected by this Intel CPU vulnerability:

As per Intel: 2019.2 IPU – TSX Asynchronous Abort Security Vulnerability Advisory

Following are the processors effected by the above Intel Security Vulnerability.

Product Collection

Product Names

Vertical Segment

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Intel® Core™ Processor i7-10510Y, i5-10310Y



Intel® Core™ Processor i5-10210Y, i5-10110YIntel® Core™ Processor i7-8500YIntel® Core™ Processor i5-8310Y, i5-8210Y, i5-8200Y



Intel® Core™ Processor m3-8100Y


2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Intel® Xeon® Platinum Processor 8253, 8256, 8260, 8260L, 8260M, 8260Y, 8268, 8270, 8276, 8276L, 8276M, 8280, 8280L, 8280M, 9220, 9221, 9222, 9242, 9282Intel® Xeon® Gold Processor 5215, 5215L, 5215M, 5215R, 5217, 5218, 5218B, 5218N, 5218T, 5220, 5220R, 5220S, 5220T, 5222, 6222V, 6226, 6230, 6230N, 6230T, 6234, 6238, 6238L, 6238M, 6238T, 6240, 6240L, 6240M, 6240Y, 6242, 6244, 6246, 6248, 6252, 6252N, 6254, 6262VIntel® Xeon® Silver Processor 4208, 4208R, 4209T, 4210, 4210R, 4214, 4214C, 4214R, 4214Y, 4215, 4216, 4216RIntel® Xeon® Bronze Processor 3204, 3206R


Intel® Xeon® W Processor Family

Intel® Xeon® Processor W-3275M, W-3275, W-3265M, W-3265, W-3245M, W-3245, W-3235, W-3225, W-3223, W-2295, W-2275, W-2265, W-2255, W-2245, W-2235, W-2225, W-2223


9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9980HK, 9880H



Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9850H, 9750HF



Intel® Core™ Processor i5-9400H, 9300H


9th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9900K, i9-9900KFIntel® Core™ Processor i7-9700K, i7-9700KFIntel® Core™ Processor i5-9600K, i5-9600KF, i5-9400, i5-9400F


Intel® Xeon® Processor E Family

Intel® Xeon® Processor E-2288G, E-2286M, E-2278GEL, E-2278GE, E-2278G

Workstation/ Server /  AMT Server

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor FamilyIntel® Pentium® Gold Processor SeriesIntel® Celeron® Processor 5000 Series

Intel® Core™ Processor i7-10510UIntel® Core™ Processor i5-10210UIntel® Pentium® Gold Processor 6405UIntel® Celeron® Processor 5305U


8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Intel® Core™ Processor i7-8565U, i7-8665UIntel® Core™ Processor i5-8365U, i5-8265U



Intel recommends that users of the affected Intel® Processors listed above, update to the latest firmware version provided by the system manufacturer that addresses these issues.

Find the Actions taken by the Software Giants against this Security Vulnerability:

VMware Products : VMSA-2019-0020

MicrosoftWindows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability

F5K02912734: Intel CPU vulnerability CVE-2019-11135

Redhat CVE-2019-11135 – Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) Asynchronous Abort


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Ashutosh Dixit

I am currently working as a Senior Technical Support Engineer with VMware Premier Services for Telco. Before this, I worked as a Technical Lead with Microsoft Enterprise Platform Support for Production and Premier Support. I am an expert in High-Availability, Deployments, and VMware Core technology along with Tanzu and Horizon.

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