Rule Category

OS-WINDOWS -- Snort has detected traffic targeting vulnerabilities in a Windows-based operating system. This does not include browser traffic or other software on the OS, but attacks against the OS itself. (such as?)

Alert Message

OS-WINDOWS Total Meltdown side-channel information leak attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when a binary with total meltdown indicators is downloaded. Impact: Attempted Administrator Privilege Gain Details: This rule looks for mandatory values for walking Windows page table entries to transition from virtual to physical address space when looking up memory otherwise inaccessable to a user. Ease of Attack: Hard

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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MITRE ATT&CK Framework



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Additional Links

Rule Vulnerability

CVE Additional Information

The Windows kernel in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 allows an elevation of privilege vulnerability due to the way it handles objects in memory, aka "Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability."
Severity Base Score7.8
Impact Score5.9 Exploit Score1.8
Confidentiality ImpactHIGH Integrity ImpactHIGH
Availability ImpactHIGH Access Vector
Authentication Ease of Access