VMware Security Advisory:-VMSA-2011-0005.1

Just a single update today,  they must all be tired after the Cloudfoundry announcement yesterday.

Synopsis: VMware vCenter Orchestrator and Alive Enterprise remote code execution vulnerability
Issue date: 2011-03-14
Updated on: 2011-04-12
CVE numbers: CVE-2010-1870

 1. Summary

A vulnerability in VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and Alive Enterprise could allow remote execution.

2. Relevant releases

VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.1
VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.0
Alive Enterprise 7.2

3. Problem Description

VMware vCenter Orchestrator is an application to automate management tasks. Alive Enterprise is an application to monitor processes. Both products embed Apache Struts which is a third party component.

The following vulnerability has been reported in Apache Struts 2.0.11 or earlier. A remote execution of code vulnerability could allow malicious users to bypass the ‘#’-usage protection built into the ParametersInterceptor, which could allow server side context objects to be manipulated.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2010-1870 to this vulnerability. VMware would like to thank the Vulnerability Research Team of Digital Defense, Inc. for reporting this issue to us.

Apache Struts version 2.0.11 and earlier also contain vulnerabilities which have not been assigned CVE names. This advisory also addresses these vulnerabilities described at the following URLs:

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
vCO 4.1 Windows vCO fix for Apache Struts *
vCO 4.0 Windows vCO fix for Apache Struts *
Alive 7.2 any affected, upgrade to vCenter
Enterprise     Operations Enterprise 1.0 **
vCenter any any not affected

* Refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 1034175 for a workaround.
** Alive Enterprise has been renamed to vCenter Operations Enterprise.

4. Solution

Vmware vCenter Orchestrator
vCenter Orchestrator workaround for Apache Struts

vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0

Download link

Release notes

VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0 Windows Installer (x64 bit)

VMware vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0 Linux Installer (x64 bit)

5. References

CVE numbers


6. Change log

2011-03-14 VMSA-2011-0005

Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of an Apache Struts workaround for VMware vCenter Orchestrator on 2011-03-14.

2011-04-12 VMSA-2011-0005.1

Update of security advisory after the release of vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0 on 2011-04-12.

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