VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0005.2

The Third of the week is a reissue of a vulnerability relating to vCenter Orchestrator and its predecessor Alive Enterprise.

Synopsis: VMware vCenter Orchestrator and Alive Enterprise remote code execution vulnerability
Issue date: 2011-03-14
Updated on: 2011-05-05
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 Update 1 and earlier
VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.0 Update 2 and earlier
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 Update 3 **
Alive 7.2 any affected, upgrade to vCenter Enterprise Operations Enterprise 1.0 **
vCenter Operations Standard any any not affected

* Refer to VMware Knowledge Base article 1034175 for a workaround.
** vCO 4.0 Update 3 is part of vCenter Server 4.0 Update 3
*** Alive Enterprise has been renamed to vCenter Operations Enterprise.

4. Solution

vCenter Server 4.0 Update 3


Release Notes:
File type: .iso
md5sum: b04780df75f70621d0c8794e8773a983
sha1sum: a9f1398306158572ea1c3d202ed8c6ad922e0764
File type: .zip
md5sum: bc8179a639dcc6563d7dbf968095edc7
sha1sum: 61b6dbb1bcf3aa74503e183317a00733b0253faa

VMware vSphere Client
File type: .exe
md5sum: 1b90081e422358c407ad9696c70c70f7
sha1sum: 7ba9043421f8b529b0da08fa83458069ccac0fe9

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


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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.

2011-05-05 VMSA-2011-0005.2
Update of security advisory after the release of VMware vCenter Orchestrator 4.0 Update 3 on 2011-05-05.

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7. Contact

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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

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

E-mail: security at vmware.com
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One thought on “VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0005.2”

  1. I wish VMware will highlight the ratings on their advisories. How critical is it? What is the likelihood of an attack and how much of it is seen in the wild?

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