VMSA-2008-0016 : VMware Hosted products, VirtualCenter Update 3 and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve multiple security issues

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 40383

Synopsis

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

Description

a. Privilege escalation on 64-bit guest operating systems

VMware products emulate hardware functions, like CPU, Memory, and IO.

A flaw in VMware's CPU hardware emulation could allow the virtual CPU to jump to an incorrect memory address. Exploitation of this issue on the guest operating system does not lead to a compromise of the host system but could lead to a privilege escalation on guest operating system. An attacker would need to have a user account on the guest operating system.

Affected 64-bit Windows and 64-bit FreeBSD guest operating systems and possibly other 64-bit operating systems. The issue does not affect the 64-bit versions of Linux guest operating systems.

VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder for discovering this issue and working with us on its remediation.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4279 this issue.

b. Update for VirtualCenter fixes a potential information disclosure

This release resolves an issue where a user's password could be displayed in cleartext. When logging into VirtualCenter Server 2.0 with Virtual Infrastructure Client 2.5, the user password might be displayed if it contains certain special characters. The dialog box displaying the password can appear in front or hidden behind other windows.

To remediate this issue the VirtualCenter client installations must be updated after updating to VirtualCenter Update 3

VMware would like to thank Mark Woollatt for reporting this issue to VMware.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4278 to this issue.

c. Update for VirtualCenter updates JRE to version 1.5.0_16

Update for VirtualCenter updates the JRE package to version 1.5.0_16, which addresses multiple security issues that existed in the previous version of JRE.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2008-3103, CVE-2008-3104, CVE-2008-3105, CVE-2008-3106, CVE-2008-3107, CVE-2008-3108, CVE-2008-3109, CVE-2008-3110, CVE-2008-3111, CVE-2008-3112, CVE-2008-3113, CVE-2008-3114, CVE-2008-3115 to the security issues fixed in JRE 1.5.0_16.

Solution

Apply the missing patches.

See Also

http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2008/000044.html

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 40383

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2008-0016.nasl

Version: 1.24

Type: local

Published: 2009/07/27

Updated: 2018/08/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.0.1, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.0.2, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.0.3, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:3.5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/10/03

Exploitable With

CANVAS (D2ExploitPack)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3103, CVE-2008-3104, CVE-2008-3105, CVE-2008-3106, CVE-2008-3107, CVE-2008-3108, CVE-2008-3109, CVE-2008-3110, CVE-2008-3111, CVE-2008-3112, CVE-2008-3113, CVE-2008-3114, CVE-2008-3115, CVE-2008-4278, CVE-2008-4279

BID: 30140, 30141, 30142, 30143, 30146, 30147, 30148

VMSA: 2008-0016

CWE: 16, 20, 119, 200, 264