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VMware Security Advisory: VMSA-2014-0002

Updated Security Advisory, this one relates to some third party advisories. but please note that it does include a critical status!!, however that said, there is currently nothing you can do about the issue unless you are running vCenter 5.5, the update to the latest version “Update 1”.

The issue relates to a possible DDoS attack on the NTP Service and I advise you to read KB2070193 for full information on the vulnerability and remediation approaches.

Synopsis:    VMware vSphere updates to third party libraries
Issue date:  2014-03-11
Updated on:  2014-03-11 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: –NTP —
CVE-2013-5211
–glibc (service console) —
CVE-2013-4332
–JRE–
See references

1. Summary

  VMware has updated vSphere third party libraries.

2. Relevant releases

  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 prior to 5.5 Update 1
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.5 prior 5.5 Update 1
  • VMware Update Manager 5.5 prior 5.5 Update 1
  • VMware ESXi 5.5 without patch ESXi550-201403101-SG

3. Problem Description

a. DDoS vulnerability in NTP third party libraries.  The NTP daemon has a DDoS vulnerability in the handling of the “monlist” command. An attacker may send a forged request to a vulnerable NTP server resulting in an amplified response to the intended target of the DDoS attack.

Mitigation

Mitigation for this issue is documented in VMware Knowledge Base article 2070193. This article also documents when vSphere products are affected.  The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2013-5211 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
VCSA 5.5    Linux 5.5 Update 1
VCSA 5.1 Linux patch pending
VCSA 5.0 Linux patch pending
ESXi 5.5 ESXi ESXi550-201403101-SG
ESXi 5.1 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 5.0 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 4.1 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 4.0 ESXi patch pending
ESX 4.1 ESX patch pending
ESX 4.0 ESX patch pending

b. Update to ESXi glibc package:  The ESXi glibc package is updated to version glibc-2.5-118.el5_10.2 to resolve a security issue.  The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2013-4332 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
VCSA 5.1 Linux patch pending
VCSA 5.0 Linux patch pending
ESXi 5.5 ESXi ESXi550-201403101-SG
ESXi 5.1 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 5.0 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 4.1 ESXi No patch planed
ESXi 4.0 ESXi No patch planed
ESX 4.1 ESX Not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX Not applicable

c. vCenter and Update Manager, Oracle JRE 1.7 Update 45: Oracle JRE is updated to version JRE 1.7 Update 45, which addresses multiple security issues that existed in earlier releases of Oracle JRE.  Oracle has documented the CVE identifiers that are addressed in JRE 1.7.0 update 45 in the Oracle Java SE

Critical Patch

Update Advisory of October 2013. The References section provides a link to this advisory.  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 5.5 Any Update 1
vCenter Server 5.1 Any Not Applicable **
vCenter Server 5.0 Any Not Applicable **
vCenter Server 4.1 Windows Not Applicable **
vCenter Server 4.0 Windows Not Applicable *
Update Manager 5.5 Any Update 1
Update Manager 5.1 Any Not Applicable **
Update Manager 5.0 Any Not Applicable **
Update Manager 4.1 Windows Not Applicable *
Update Manager 4.0 Windows Not Applicable *
ESXi Any ESXi Not Applicable
ESXi 5.1 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 5.0 ESXi patch pending
ESXi 4.1 ESXi No patch planed
ESX 4.1 ESX Not applicable **
ESX 4.0 ESX Not applicable *

* this product uses the Oracle JRE 1.5.0 family
** this product uses the Oracle JRE 1.6.0 family

4. Solution

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

vCenter Server 5.5

Download link:

https://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_5

Release Notes:

https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-55u1-release-notes.html

ESXi 5.5

File: update-from-esxi5.5-5.5_update01.zip
md5sum:5773844efc7d8e43135de46801d6ea25
sha1sum:6518355d260e81b562c66c5016781db9f077161f
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2065826
update-from-esxi5.5-5.5_update01 contains ESXi550-201403101-SG

5. References

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-5211
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-4332
  ——— jre ———
Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory of October 2013
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuoct2013-1899837.html
VMware Knowledge Base article 2070193
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2070193

6. Change log

2014-03-11 VMSA-2014-0002: Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of vSphere 5.5 Update 1 on 2014-03-11

7. Contact

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http://lists.vmware.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/security-announce

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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