VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2011-0014

A new one for you today.  this one relates to a vulnerability in VUM whereby there is a risk of directory traversal because of a issue in the Jetty web server. It only relates certain versions of VUM however and has been closed in the latest Updates of 4.1 and 4.0

Synopsis: VMware vCenter Update Manager fix for Jetty Web server addresses directory traversal vulnerability
Issue date: 2011-11-17
Updated on: 2011-11-17 (initial release of advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2011-4404

1. Summary

Configuration update for VMware vSphere Update Manager’s third part Jetty Web server component addresses directory traversal vulnerability.

2. Relevant releases

vCenter Update Manager 4.1 prior to Update 2

vCenter Update Manager 4.0 prior to Update 4

3. Problem Description

a. Directory traversal in third party Jetty Web server component VMware vSphere 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 way the Jetty Web Server in vSphere Update Manager is configured allows for directory traversal. This issue is a variant of the directory traversal issue that was addressed in earlier versions of vSphere Update Manager. See VMSA-2010-0012 for additional information.

VMware would like to thank Alexey Sintsov from Digital Security Research Group for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2011-4404 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 Windows not affected
Update Manager 5.0 Windows not affected
Update Manager 4.1 Windows Update 2
Update Manager 4.0 Windows Update 4
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX any ESX not affected

* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Fusion.

4. Solution

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

VMware vCenter Server 4.1
vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2
The download for vCenter Server includes vSphere Update Manager.
Download link:
Release Notes:
File: VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.1.0-493063.iso
md5sum: d132326846a85bfc9ebbc53defeee6e1
sha1sum: 192c3e5d2a10bbe53c025cc7eedb3133a23e0541
File: VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.1.0-493063.zip
md5sum: 7fd7b09e501bd8fde52649b395491222
sha1sum: 46dd00e7c594ac672a5d7c3c27d15be2f5a5f1f1

VMware vCenter Server 4.0
vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4
The download for vCenter Server includes vSphere Update Manager.
Download link:
Release Notes:
File: VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.0.0-502539.iso
md5sum: b418ff3d394f91b418271b6b93dfd6bd
sha1sum: 56c2ec60f8b8a734a8312d9e38d5d70cd20c0927
File: VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.0.0-502539.zip
md5sum: 2acfadde1ec0cd6d37063d87246d6942
sha1sum: ea1f3a3cb178f23fc2cf49bfc1450d10e5f699f8

5. References

CVE numbers

6. Change log

2011-11-17 VMSA-2011-0014
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of Update 4 for vCenter Server 4.0, vSphere Update Manager 4.0, vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 4.0 and ESX 4.0 on 2011-11-17.

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