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VMware Security Advisory: VMSA-2014-0001

It has been a little quiet on the VMware Security Advisories lately, but today a little bit like buses along come three at once. 

The first is a brand new One and addresses a number or potential vulnerabilities.  two of which are circumvented by good design principles, like placing hosts on a separate protected network.  the final section relates to a common MITM attack vector.


Synopsis: VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, ESXi, ESX and vCloud Director address several security issues

Issue date: 2014-01-16
Updated on: 2014-01-16 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2014-1207, CVE-2014-1208, CVE-2014-1211

1. Summary
     VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, ESXi, ESX and vCloud Director address several security issues.

2. Relevant releases
     VMware Workstation 9.x prior to version 9.0
     VMware Player 5.x prior to version 5.0
     VMware Fusion 5.x prior to version 5.0
     VMware ESXi 5.1 without patch ESXi510-201401101
     VMware ESXi 5.0 without patch ESXi500-201310101
     VMware ESXi 4.1 without patch ESXi410-201312401
     VMware ESXi 4.0 without patch ESXi400-201310401
     VMware ESX 4.1 without patch ESX410-201312401
     VMware ESX 4.0 without patch ESX400-201310401
     vCloud Director 5.1.x prior to version 5.1.3

3. Problem Description
a. VMware ESXi and ESX NFC NULL pointer dereference  VMware ESXi and ESX contain a NULL pointer dereference in the handling of the Network File Copy (NFC) traffic. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must intercept and modify the NFC traffic between ESXi/ESX and the client.  Exploitation of the issue may lead to a Denial of Service.  To reduce the likelihood of exploitation, vSphere components should be deployed on an isolated management network.
VMware would like to thank Alex Chapman of Context Information Security for reporting this issue to us.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2014-1207 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 Server any any  not affected
hosted* any any not affected
ESXi 5.5 ESXi not affected
ESXi 5.1 ESXi ESXi510-201401101-SG
ESXi 5.0 ESXi ESXi500-201310101-SG
ESXi 4.1 ESXi ESXi410-201312401-SG
ESXi 4.0 ESXi ESXi400-201310401-SG
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201312401-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201310401-SG

* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion.

b. VMware VMX process denial of service vulnerability

Due to a flaw in the handling of invalid ports, it is possible to cause the VMX process to fail. This vulnerability may allow a guest user to affect the VMX process resulting in a partial denial of service on the host.

VMware would like to thank Recurity Labs GmbH and the Bundesamt Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2014-1208 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 Server any any  not affected
Workstation 10.0 any not affected
Workstation 9.0 any 9.0.1 or later
Player 10.0 any not affected
Player 9.0 any 9.0.1
Fusion 6.0 OS/X not affected
Fusion 5.0 OS/X 5.0.1 or later
ESXi 5.5 ESXi not affected
ESXi 5.1 ESXi ESXi510-201401101-SG
ESXi 5.0 ESXi ESXi500-201310101-SG
ESXi 4.1 ESXi ESXi410-201312401-SG
ESXi 4.0 ESXi ESXi400-201310401-SG
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201312401-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201310401-SG

c. VMware vCloud Director Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
VMware vCloud Director contains a vulnerability in the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (http) session management. An attacker may trick an authenticated user to click a malicious link, which would result in the user being logged out. The user is able to immediately log back into the system.

VMware would like to thank Mattia Folador for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2014-1211 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 VMware Version Running on Replace with/apply patch
vCloud Director 5.5 any not affected
vCloud Director 5.1.x any 5.1.3

4. Solution

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

VMware Workstation 9.x
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

VMware Player 5.x
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

Fusion 5.x
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadfusion

ESXi and ESX
https://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/download.portal

ESXi 5.1
File: update-from-esxi5.1-5.1_update02.zip
md5sum: 462cb98dc011804d3bad85f54f6b8133
sha1sum: 0352bf0adc78ceead74c7ace256ed87705e64703
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2062314
update-from-esxi5.1-5.1_update02 contains ESXi510-201401101-SG

ESXi 5.0
File: update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update03.zip
md5sum: 7e6185fa3238a4895613b39e57a2a94b
sha1sum: aa3929d2c8183aeaecdc238cbbf4d270bd70dd07
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2055559
update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update03 contains ESXi500-201310101-SG

ESXi 4.1
File: ESXi410-201312001.zip
md5sum: f85c0c449513b88b22f19a5f11966d5e
sha1sum: cfde5abbef77976b76d55813ae1e7bbbbca25b7b
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2061210
ESXi410-201312001 contains ESX410-201312401-SG

ESXi 4.0
File: ESXi400-201310001.zip
md5sum: 3075bce1b19a52b053a5dc18d06d40e0
sha1sum: 19952da0dd9f81ea299cb8ae6c462f11566b56e0
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2059496
ESXi400-201310001 contains ESXi400-201310401-SG

ESX 4.1
File: ESX410-201312001.zip
md5sum: c35763a84db169dd0285442d4129cc18
sha1sum: ee8e1b8d2d383422ff0dde04749c5d89e77d8e40
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2061209
ESX410-201312001 contains ESX410-201312401-SG

ESX 4.0
File: ESX400-201310001.zip
md5sum: 9d47cf815ed142a17f97002379b5e386
sha1sum: 91082ec4263333f9b996883cb53dbe9aab7a88b5
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2059495
ESX400-201310001contains ESX400-201310401-SG

vCloud Director 5.1.x
https://www.vmware.com/go/download/vcloud-director

5. References
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1207
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1208
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1211

6. Change log
2014-01-16 VMSA-2014-0001
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of vSphere 5.1 Update 2 and vCloud Director 5.1.3 on 2014-01-16

7. Contact

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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

E-mail: security at vmware.com
PGP key at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

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