[Security-announce] VMware new security advisory VMSA-2012-0015

In our effort to provide our viewers with up to the minute information on VMware related news and topics, we’re posting the following Security Alert direct from the VMware Security Alert distribution.

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VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2012-0015
Synopsis:    VMware Hosted Products and OVF Tool address security issues
Issue date:  2012-11-08
Updated on:  2012-11-08 (initial advisory) CVE number:  CVE-2012-5458, CVE-2012-5459 and CVE-2012-3569

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1. Summary

  •  VMware Hosted products and OVFTool patches address several security issues.

2. Relevant releases

  •  OVF Tool 2.1
  • Workstation 8.0.4
  • Player 4.0.4

3. Problem Description

  1. VMware Workstation and Player Weak permissions on process threads vulnerability. Certain processes when created have weak security permissions assigned. It is possible to commandeer these process threads, which could result in Elevation of Privilege in the context of the host.VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Cylance, Inc. for reporting this issue to us.The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-5458 to this issue.

    Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.

    VMware         Product   Running   Replace with/Product        Version   on        Apply Patch
    =============  ========  =======   =================
    vCenter        any       Windows   not affected
    Workstation    9.x       any       not affected
    Workstation    8.x       Windows   8.0.5
    Workstation    8.x       Linux     not affected
    Player         5.x       any       not affected
    Player         4.x       Windows   4.0.5 or later
    Player         4.x       Linux     not affected
    Fusion         any       Mac       not affected
    ESXi           any       ESXi      not affected
    ESX            any       ESX       not affected

  2. VMware Workstation and Player DLL binary planting vulnerability. Workstation and Player have a binary planting vulnerability. An attacker who can write their malicious executable to a system folder on the host, may be able to run code under certain circumstances.VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Cylance, Inc. for reporting this issue to us.The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-5459 to this issue.

    Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.

    VMware         Product   Running   Replace with/Product        Version   on        Apply Patch
    =============  ========  =======   =================
    vCenter        any       Windows   not affected
    Workstation    9.x       any       not affected
    Workstation    8.x       Windows   8.0.5
    Workstation    8.x       Linux     not affected
    Player         5.x       any       not affected
    Player         4.x       Windows   4.0.5 or later
    Player         4.x       Linux     not affected
    Fusion         any       Mac       not affected
    ESXi           any       ESXi      not affected
    ESX            any       ESX       not affected

  3. VMware OVF Tool format string vulnerability.The OVFTool has a format string vulnerability. Exploitation of this issue may lead to code execution. In order to exploit the issue, the attacker would need to trick the user into loading their malicious OVF file.It is recommended that only OVF files from trusted sources should be used.

    VMware would like to thank Jeremy Brown of Microsoft for reporting this issue to us.

    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-3569 to this issue.

    Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.

    VMware         Product   Running   Replace with/ Product        Version   on        Apply Patch
    =============  ========  =======   =================
    vCenter        any       Windows   not affected
    OVF Tool       3.x       any       not affected
    OVF Tool       2.1       Windows   OVF Tool 3.0.1
    OVF Tool       2.1       Linux/Mac not affected
    OVF Tool       2.0       any       not affected
    Workstation    9.x       any       not affected
    Workstation    8.x       Windows   8.0.5
    Workstation    8.x       Linux     not affected
    Player         5.x       any       not affected
    Player         4.x       Windows   4.0.5 or later
    Player         4.x       Linux     not affected
    Fusion         any       Mac       not affected
    ESXi           any       ESXi      not affected
    ESX            any       ESX       not affected

    Note: Workstation, Player and the vSphere Web Client (part of vCenter Server) use the OVF Tool to load OVF files. Other products, including vCenter Server (except vSPhere Web Client), ESX, and vCloud Director do not use the OVF Tool to parse OVF files.

  4. SolutionPlease review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.OVF Tool 3.0.1
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    https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/

    VMware Workstation 8.0.5
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    https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

    Release notes:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_805.html
    Player 4.0.5
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    http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

    Release notes:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/player40/doc/releasenotes_player405.html

     

  5. References
    http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-5458
    http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-5459
    http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-3569
  6. Change log
    2012-11-08 VMSA-2012-0015
    Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of Workstation 8.0.5 and Player 4.0.5 on 2012-11-06.————————————————————————-
  7. Contact
    E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:
    http://lists.vmware.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/security-announceThis Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:
    * security-announce at lists.vmware.com
    * bugtraq at securityfocus.com
    * full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.ukE-mail:  security at vmware.com
    PGP key at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

    VMware Security Advisories
    http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories

    VMware security response policy
    http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/security_response.html

    General support life cycle policy
    http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos.html

    VMware Infrastructure support life cycle policy
    http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos_vi.html

Copyright 2012 VMware Inc.  All rights reserved.


Created on November 9, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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