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

high Nessus Plugin ID 62944
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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.

Solution

Apply the missing patches.

See Also

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

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 62944

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2012-0016.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Published: 11/16/2012

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.2

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.5

Temporal Score: 7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esx:4.1, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:4.1

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/15/2012

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-0441, CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1033, CVE-2012-1148, CVE-2012-1150, CVE-2012-1667, CVE-2012-3817, CVE-2012-5703

BID: 51239, 51898, 52379, 52732, 53772, 54083, 54658, 56571

VMSA: 2012-0016