DSA-2019-174: Dell Client XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) Configuration Vulnerability

DSA-2019-174: Dell Client XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) Configuration Vulnerability

DSA Identifier: DSA-2019-174

CVE Identifier: CVE-2019-18579

Severity: High

Severity Rating: CVSS Base Score: 7.6 (AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected products:

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) BIOS versions prior to 1.1.3


Dell Client XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) BIOS requires an update to address a configuration vulnerability.


Settings for the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) BIOS versions prior to 1.1.3 contain a configuration vulnerability. The BIOS configuration for the "Enable Thunderbolt (and PCIe behind TBT) pre-boot modules" setting is enabled by default. A local unauthenticated attacker with physical access to a user’s system can obtain read or write access to main memory via a DMA attack during platform boot.


Refer to the table below for the Dell Client BIOS release containing a resolution to this vulnerability.

After applying the update, the default BIOS settings need to be applied for the change to take effect. To learn more, visit the Dell Knowledge Base article How to restore the BIOS (System Setup) defaults on a Dell Product.

Please visit the Drivers and Downloads site for updates on the applicable products. To learn more, visit the Dell Knowledge Base article Dell BIOS Updates, and download the update for your Dell computer.

Customers may use one of the Dell notification solutions to be notified and download driver, BIOS and firmware updates automatically once available.


Update BIOS Version
(or greater)

Release Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
Expected Release ( Month /YYYY)

XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390)




Dell would like to thank Mickey Shkatov from Eclypsium for reporting this vulnerability.

Severity Rating:

For an explanation of Severity Ratings, refer to Dell Vulnerability Response Policy. Dell EMC recommends all customers take into account both the base score and any relevant temporal and environmental scores which may impact the potential severity associated with particular security vulnerability.

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Article ID: SLN319808

Last Date Modified: 12/13/2019 12:48 PM

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