VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2010-0012.1

it has been a busy week at VMware Hive central,  what with the release of vSphere 4.1 U1 and now four yes FOUR new security announcements,  As is our usual want the first is below, this is an update to one released in mid 2010

Synopsis: VMware vCenter Update Manager fix for Jetty Web server addresses important security vulnerabilities
Issue date: 2010-07-19
Updated on: 2011-02-10
CVE numbers: CVE-2009-1523 CVE-2009-1524

1. Summary

VMware vCenter Update Manager fix for Jetty Web server addresses important security vulnerabilities.

2. Relevant releases
VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.1
VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.0
VMware vCenter Update Manager 1.0

3. Problem Description

a. VMware vCenter Update Manager Jetty Web server vulnerabilities VMware vCenter Update Manager is an automated patch management solution for VMware ESX hosts and Microsoft virtual machines. Update Manager embeds the Jetty Web server which is a third party component.

The default version of the Jetty Web server in Update Manager is version 6.1.6 for which the following relevant vulnerabilities are reported.

A directory traversal vulnerability in Jetty allows for obtaining files from the system where Update Manager is installed by a remote, unauthenticated attacker. The attacker would need to be on the same network as the system where Update Manager is installed.

A cross-site scripting vulnerability in Jetty allows for running JavaScript in the browser of the user who clicks a URL containing a malicious request to Update Manager. For an attack to be successful the attacker would need to lure the user into clicking the malicious URL.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2009-1523 and CVE-2009-1524 to these issues.

VMware would like to thank Claudio Criscione of Secure Network for reporting these issues to us.

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

VMware Product Product Version Running  on Replace with/Apply Patch
Update Manager 4.1 Windows Update 1
Update Manager 4.0 Windows Update Manager fix for Jetty *
Update Manager 1.0 Windows Update Manager fix for Jetty *

* Refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 1023962 for a workaround.

4. Solution

Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file. VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.1


Release Notes:

File type: .iso
md5sum: 729cf247aa5d33ceec431c86377eee1a
sha1sum: c1e10a5fcbc1ae9d13348d43541d574c563d66f0

File type: .zip
md5sum: fd1441bef48a153f2807f6823790e2f0
sha1sum: 31737a816ed1c08ab3a505fb6db2483f49ad7c19

VMware vCenter Update Manager Workaround

Update Manager fix for Jetty

5. References

CVE numbers


6. Change log

2010-07-19 VMSA-2010-0012
Initial security advisory after release of VMware vCenter Update Manager security fix for the Jetty Web server on 2010-07-19.

2011-02-10 VMSA-2010-0012.1
Updated security advisory in conjunction with the release of VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.1 Update 1 on 2011-02-10.

7. Contact

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  • bugtraq at securityfocus.com
  • full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

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