VMSA-2008-0019.1

VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security issue and update bzip2

VMware Security Advisory
 
VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID:
  VMSA-2008-0019.1
VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
  VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security issue and update bzip2
VMware Security Advisory Issue date:
  2008-12-02
VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
  2008-12-02
VMware Security Advisory CVE numbers:
  CVE-2008-4917 CVE-2008-1372
1. Summary


Updated VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve
two security issues. The first is a critical memory corruption
vulnerability in virtual device hardware. The second is an updated
bzip2 package for the Service Console.

2. Relevant releases


VMware Workstation 6.0.5 and earlier,
VMware Workstation 5.5.8 and earlier,
VMware Player 2.0.5 and earlier,
VMware Player 1.0.8 and earlier,
VMware Server 1.0.8 and earlier,

VMware ESXi 3.5 without patch ESXe350-200811401-O-SG

VMware ESX 3.5 without patches ESX350-200811406-SG and
ESX350-200811401-SG

VMware ESX 3.0.3 without patches ESX303-200811404-SG and
ESX303-200811401-BG

VMware ESX 3.0.2 without patches ESX-1006980 and ESX-1006982

VMware ESX 2.5.5 previous to update 11

NOTE: Extended support for ESX 3.0.2 Update 1 ends on 2009-08-08.
Users should plan to upgrade to ESX 3.0.3 and preferably to
the newest release available.

3. Problem Description

a. Critical Memory corruption vulnerability

A memory corruption condition may occur in the virtual machine
hardware. A malicious request sent from the guest operating
system to the virtual hardware may cause the virtual hardware to
write to uncontrolled physical memory.
VMware would like to thank Andrew Honig of the Department of
Defense for reporting this issue.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2008-4917 to this issue.
The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability
(column 4) if a solution is available.

VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Replace with/ Apply Patch
VMware Product VirtualCenter
Product Version any
Running on Windows
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product Workstation
Product Version 6.5.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product Workstation
Product Version 6.0.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch 6.5.0 build 118166 or later
VMware Product Workstation
Product Version 5.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch 5.5.9 build 126128 or later
VMware Product Player
Product Version 2.5.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product Player
Product Version 2.0.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch 2.5.0 build 118166 or later
VMware Product Player
Product Version 1.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch 1.0.9 build 126128 or later
VMware Product ACE
Product Version 2.5.x
Running on Windows
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product ACE
Product Version 2.0.x
Running on Windows
Replace with/ Apply Patch 2.5.0 build 118166 or later
VMware Product ACE
Product Version 1.x
Running on Windows
Replace with/ Apply Patch 1.0.8 build 125922 or later
VMware Product Server
Product Version 2.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product Server
Product Version 1.x
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch 1.0.8 build 126538 or later
VMware Product Fusion
Product Version 2.x
Running on MAC OS/X
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product Fusion
Product Version 1.x
Running on MAC OS/X
Replace with/ Apply Patch upgrade to Fusion 2.0 or later
VMware Product ESXi
Product Version 3.5
Running on ESXi
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX350-200811401-O-SG
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.5
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX350-200811401-SG
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.0.3
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX303-200811401-BG
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.0.2
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX-1006980
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 2.5.5
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected

b. Updated Service Console package bzip2

bzip2 versions before 1.0.5 can crash if certain flaws in compressed
data lead to reading beyond the end of a buffer. This might cause
an application linked to the libbz2 library to crash when
decompressing malformed archives.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2008-1372 to this issue.
The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability
(column 4) if a solution is available.

VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Replace with/ Apply Patch
VMware Product VirtualCenter
Product Version any
Running on Windows
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product hosted *
Product Version any
Running on any
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product ESXi
Product Version 3.5
Running on ESXi
Replace with/ Apply Patch not affected
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.5
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX350-200811406-SG
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.0.3
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX303-200811404-SG
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 3.0.2
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX-1006982
VMware Product ESX
Product Version 2.5.5
Running on ESX
Replace with/ Apply Patch ESX 2.5.5 Upgrade Patch 11



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

4. Solution


Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version
and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file.

VMware Workstation 5.5.9
------------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/ws5.html
Release notes:
http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/releasenotes_ws55.html

Windows binary:
md5sum: 509c7b323a8ac42c0a92b0a1446bb0f8

Compressed Tar archive for 32-bit Linux
md5sum: 9d189e72f8111e44b27f1ee92edf265e

Linux RPM version for 32-bit Linux
md5sum: 0957c5258d033d0107517df64bfea240


VMware Player 1.0.9
-----------------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/player/
Release notes Player 1.x:
http://www.vmware.com/support/player/doc/releasenotes_player.html

Windows binary
md5sum: e2c8dd7b27df7d348f14f69de017b93f

Player 1.0.9 for Linux (.rpm)
md5sum: 471c3881fa60b058b1dac1d3c9c32c85

Player 1.0.9 for Linux (.tar)
md5sum: bef507811698e7333f5e8cb672530dbf


VMware Server 1.0.8
-------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/server/
Release notes:
http://www.vmware.com/support/server/doc/releasenotes_server.html

VMware Server for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
md5sum: 4ba41e5fa192f786121a7395ebaa8d7c

VMware Server Windows client package
md5sum: f25746e275ca00f28d44ad372fc92536

VMware Server for Linux
md5sum: a476d3953ab1ff8457735e692fa5edf9

VMware Server for Linux rpm
md5sum: af6890506618fa82928fbfba8a5f97e1

Management Interface
md5sum: 5982b84a39479cabce63e12ab664d369

VMware Server Linux client package
md5sum: 605d7db48f63211cc3f5ddb2b3f915a6


ESXi
----
ESXi 3.5 patch ESXe350-200811401-O-SG
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESXe350-200811401-O-SG.zip
md5sum: e895c8cb0d32b722d7820d0214416092
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007507

NOTE: The three ESXi patches for Firmware "I", VMware Tools "T," and
the VI Client "C" are contained in a single offline "O"
download file.

ESX
---
ESX 3.5 patch ESX350-200811401-SG (memory corruption)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-200811401-SG.zip
md5sum: 988042ce20ce2381216fbe1862c3e66d
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007501

ESX 3.5 patch ESX350-200811406-SG (bzip2)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-200811406-SG.zip
md5sum: 285ec405ac34a196cbb796922e22cca2
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007504

ESX 3.0.3 patch ESX303-200811401-BG (memory corruption)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX303-200811401-BG.zip
md5sum: 26bf687a3483951d1f14ab66edf1d196
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1006986

ESX 3.0.3 patch ESX303-200811404-SG (bzip2)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX303-200811404-SG.zip
md5sum: 2707e4a599867b0444e85a75a471ed4f
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1007198

ESX 3.0.2 patch ESX-1006980 (memory corruption)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX-1006980.tgz
md5sum: 5e73f1585fea3ee770b2df2b94e73ca4
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1006980

ESX 3.0.2 patch ESX-1006982 (bzip2)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX-1006982.tgz
md5sum: 4921cf542b5979bd0eef7f2c15683b71
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1006982

ESX 2.5.5 patch 11 build 126598
http://download3.vmware.com/software/esx/esx-2.5.5-126598-upgrade.tar.gz
md5sum: 8d1d84c433c474334639ed22bd9d1d2a
http://vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/esx-255-200810-patch.html

6. Change log


2008-12-02 VMSA-2008-0019
Initial security advisory after release of patches for ESXi, ESX 3.5,
ESX 3.0.3, ESX 3.0.2. Updated hosted products were previously released
on 2008-11-06.
2008-12-30 VMSA-2008-0019.1
Updated for the ESX 2.5.5 Update 11 patch for bzip2 released on
2008-12-30.

7. Contact


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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

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* full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

E-mail: security at vmware.com

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