VMSA-2018-0012 : VMware vSphere, Workstation and Fusion updates enable Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for Speculative Store Bypass issue (Spectre)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 110901
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Synopsis

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

Description

vCenter Server, ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion update speculative execution control mechanism for Virtual Machines (VMs). As a result, a patched Guest Operating System (GOS) can remediate the Speculative Store bypass issue (CVE-2018-3639) using the Speculative-Store- Bypass-Disable (SSBD) control bit. This issue may allow for information disclosure in applications and/or execution runtimes which rely on managed code security mechanisms. Based on current evaluations, we do not believe that CVE-2018-3639 could allow for VM to VM or Hypervisor to VM Information disclosure.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2018-3639 to this issue.

Solution

Apply the missing patches.

See Also

http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2018/000417.html

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 110901

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2018-0012.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Published: 7/3/2018

Updated: 4/15/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 5.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:5.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:6.0, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:6.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:6.7

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/VMware/release, Host/VMware/version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/21/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/22/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-3640

VMSA: 2018-0012