VMware Security Advisory:- VMSA-2014-0002.3

This is the third update to a original that was released in March 2014, it relates to a potential DDOS in a subcommand of NTP and a security issue in GLIB.

Advisory ID VMSA-2014-0002.3
Synopsis: VMware vSphere updates to third party libraries
Issue date: 2014-03-11
Updated on: 2014-05-29
CVE numbers: NTP:- CVE-2013-5211
glibc (service console): – CVE-2013-4332
JRE:- See References

Summary

VMware has updated vSphere third party libraries.

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
  • VMware ESXi 5.1 without patch ESXi510-201404101-SG
  • VMware ESXi 5.0 without patch ESXi500-201405102-SG
  • VMware ESXi 4.1 without patch ESXi410-201404401-SG
  • VMware ESXi 4.0 without patch ESXi400-201404401-SG
  • VMware ESX 4.1 without patch    ESX410-201404402-SG
  • VMware ESX 4.0 without patch    ESX400-201404402-SG

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 VMware 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 ESXi510-201404101-SG
ESXi 5.0 ESXi ESXi500-201405102-SG
ESXi 4.1 ESXi ESXi410-201404401-SG
ESXi 4.0 ESXi ESXi400-201404401-SG
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201404402-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201404402-SG

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
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 Planned
ESXi 4.0 ESXi No Patch Planned
ESX 4.1 ESX not applicable
ESX 4.1 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 5.5 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 Windows 5.5 Update 1
Update Manager 5.1 Windows Not Applicable **
Update Manager 5.0 Windows Not Applicable **
Update Manager 4.1 Windows Not Applicable *
Update Manager 4.0 Windows Not Applicable *
ESXi any ESXi Not Applicable
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

Solution

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

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

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
2014-04-10 VMSA-2014-0002.1: – Updated security advisory in conjunction with the release of ESXi/ESX 4.0 and 4.1 patches on 2014-04-10
2014-04-29 VMSA-2014-0002.2: – Updated security advisory in conjunction with the release of ESXi 5.1 patches on 2014-04-29
2014-05-29 VMSA-2014-0002.3: – Updated security advisory in conjunction with the release of ESXi 5.0 patches on 2014-05-29

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