VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2012-0016

This is the third of the advisories, this one relates to the vSphere API and the Service console on legacy ESX hosts.


Synopsis:     VMware security updates for vSphere API and ESX Service Console
Issue date: 2012-11-15
Updated on: 2012-11-15 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: — vSphere API —
CVE-2012-5703
— bind (service console) —
CVE-2012-1033, CVE-2012-1667, CVE-2012-3817
— python (service console) —
CVE-2011-4940, CVE-2011-4944, CVE-2012-1150
— expat (service console) —
CVE-2012-0876, CVE-2012-1148
— nspr and nss (service console) —
CVE-2012-0441

1. Summary

VMware has updated the vSphere API to address a denial of service vulnerability in ESX and ESXi.  VMware has also updated the ESX Service Console to include several open source security updates.

2. Relevant releases

VMware ESXi 4.1 without patch ESXi410-201211401-SG

VMware ESX 4.1 without patches ESX410-201211401-SG, ESX410-201211402-SG, ESX410-201211405-SG, and  ESX410-201211407-SG

3. Problem 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.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on Replace with/Apply Patch
vCenter  any any not affected
ESXi 5.1 ESXi not affected
ESXi 5.0 ESXi not affected
ESXi 4.1 ESXi ESXi410-201211401-SG
ESXi 4.0 ESXi not affected
ESXi 3.5 ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201211401-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX patch pending
ESX 3.5 ESX not applicable

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.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on Replace with/Apply Patch
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201211402-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX patch pending
ESX 3.5 ESX not applicable

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.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on Replace with/Apply Patch
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201211407-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX No patch planned
ESX 3.5 ESX not applicable

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.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on Replace with/Apply Patch
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201211407-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX no patch planned
ESX 3.5 ESX not applicable

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.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running on Replace with/Apply Patch
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201211405-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX patch pending
ESX 3.5 ESX not applicable

4. Solution

Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

ESXi and ESX
http://downloads.vmware.com/go/selfsupport-download

ESXi 4.1
Filename: ESXi410-201211001.zip
Build:    874690
md5sum:   f7da5cd52d3c314abc31fe7aef4e50d3
sha1sum:  a4d2232723717d896ff3b0879b0bdb3db823c0a1
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2036257
ESXi410-201211001 contains ESXi410-201211401-SG

ESX 4.1
Filename: ESX410-201211001.zip
Build:    874690
md5sum:   c167bccc388661e329fc494df13855c3
sha1sum:  a8766b2eff68813a262d21a6a6ebeaae62e58c98
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2036254
ESX410-201211001 contains ESX410-201211401-SG, ESX410-201211402-SG,
ESX410-201211405-SG, and ESX410-201211407-SG

5. References

  — vSphere API —
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-5703

  — bind (service console) —
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1033
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1667
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-3817

  — python (service console) —
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2011-4940
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2011-4944
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1150

  — expat (service console) —
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-0876
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-1148

  — nspr and nss (service console) —
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-0441

6. Change log

2012-11-15 VMSA-2012-0016
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of ESX 4.1 P06 on 2012-11-15.

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