VMSA-2012-0016 : VMware security updates for vSphere API and ESX Service Console

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Synopsis :

The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing one or more
security-related patches.

Description :

a. VMware vSphere API denial of service vulnerability

The VMware vSphere API contains a denial of service
vulnerability. This issue allows an unauthenticated user to
send a maliciously crafted API request and disable the host
daemon. Exploitation of the issue would prevent management
activities on the host but any virtual machines running on the
host would be unaffected.

VMware would like to thank Sebastian Tello of Core Security
Technologies for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-5703 to this issue.

b. Update to ESX service console bind packages

The ESX service console bind packages are updated to the
following versions :

bind-libs-9.3.6-20.P1.el5_8.2
bind-utils-9.3.6-20.P1.el5_8.2

These updates fix multiple security issues. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
assigned the names CVE-2012-1033, CVE-2012-1667, and
CVE-2012-3817 to these issues.

c. Update to ESX service console python packages

The ESX service console Python packages are updated to the
following versions :

python-2.4.3-46.el5_8.2.x86_64
python-libs-2.4.3-46.el5_8.2.x86_64

These updates fix multiple security issues. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
assigned the names CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, and
CVE-2012-1150 to these issues.

d. Update to ESX service console expat package

The ESX service console expat package is updated to
expat-1.95.8-11.el5_8.

This update fixes multiple security issues. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
assigned the names CVE-2012-0876 and CVE-2012-1148 to these
issues.

e. Update to ESX service console nspr and nss packages

This patch updates the ESX service console Netscape Portable
Runtime and Network Security Services RPMs to versions
nspr-4.9.1.4.el5_8 and nss-3.13.5.4.9834, respectively, to
resolve multiple security issues.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-0441 to this issue. This patch
also resolves a certificate trust issue caused by a fraudulent
DigiNotar root certificate.

See also :

http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2012/000194.html

Solution :

Apply the missing patches.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 8.5
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 7.4
(CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : true