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VMSA-2009-0006

VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2009-0006
Synopsis: VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security vulnerability
Issue date: 2009-04-10
Updated on: 2009-04-10 (initial release of advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2009-1244
1. Summary
Updated VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security vulnerability.
2. Relevant releases
VMware Workstation 6.5.1 and earlier,
VMware Player 2.5.1 and earlier,
VMware ACE 2.5.1 and earlier,
VMware Server 2.0,
VMware Server 1.0.8 and earlier,
VMware Fusion 2.0.3 and earlier,

VMware ESXi 3.5 without patch ESXe350-200904201-O-SG,

VMware ESX 3.5 without patch ESX350-200904201-SG,

VMware ESX 3.0.3 without patch ESX303-200904403-SG,

VMware ESX 3.0.2 without patch ESX-1008421.

NOTE: General Support for Workstation version 5.x ended on 2009-03-19.
Users should plan to upgrade to the latest Workstation version
6.x release.

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. Host code execution vulnerability from a guest operating system
A critical vulnerability in the virtual machine display function might allow a guest operating system to run code on the host.

This issue is different from the vulnerability in a guest virtual device driver reported in VMware security advisory VMSA-2009-0005 on 2009-04-03. That vulnerability can cause a potential denial of service and is identified by CVE-2008-4916.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-1244 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
============= ======= ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
       
Workstation 6.5.x any 6.5.2 build 156735 or later
Workstation 6.0.x any upgrade to at least 6.5.2
       
Player 2.5.x any 2.5.2 build 156735 or later
Player 2.0.x any upgrade to at least 2.5.2
       
ACE 2.5.x Windows 2.5.2 build 156735 or later
ACE 2.0.x Windows upgrade to at least 2.5.2
       
Server 2.x any 2.0.1 build 156745 or later
Server 1.x any 1.0.9 build 156507 or later
       
Fusion 2.x Mac OS/X 2.0.4 build 159196 or later
       
ESXi 3.5 ESXi ESXe350-200904201-O-SG
       
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-200904201-SG
ESX 3.0.3 ESX ESX303-200904403-SG
ESX 3.0.2 ESX ESX-1008421
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
4. Solution
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version
and verify the md5sum and/or the sha1sum of your downloaded file.

VMware Workstation 6.5.2
------------------------
www.vmware.com/download/ws/
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/ws65/doc/releasenotes_ws652.html

For Windows

Workstation for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows 32-bit and 64-bit .exe
md5sum: 8336586b9f9e5180d5279a0b988e82a6
sha1sum: ccdb6bcb867638e8f4f493bc02c6f70c5ebbb88e

For Linux

Workstation for Linux 32-bit
Linux 32-bit .rpm
md5sum: 69b039c848f6b2c94948928d8e9057bb
sha1sum: 37ca77ef550db932cf7b078fcbd6fa0155e3411e

Workstation for Linux 32-bit
Linux 32-bit .bundle
md5sum: 5d4ccf9c23701d09a671f586a9bb4190
sha1sum: d508111adf479d82049c323b1d0b82200c0ab4dd

Workstation for Linux 64-bit
Linux 64-bit .rpm
md5sum: 19387416e3b597b901dfe84e4a2bcd97
sha1sum: 0726518abc9a77051d991af570774bae1625ff78

Workstation for Linux 64-bit
Linux 64-bit .bundle
md5sum: 56dfc3adcf96701f440b19a8cf06c3df
sha1sum: 04aa442a2b9bf2c67d6266a410b20ef146b93bef


VMware Player 2.5.2
-------------------
www.vmware.com/download/player/
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/player25/doc/releasenotes_player252.html

Player for Windows binary
download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-player-2.5.2-156735.exe
md5sum: 01356d729e9b031c8904e9560a02c469

Player for Linux (.rpm)
download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.rpm
md5sum: aa047047b72de7f4b53d9c2128b53bec

Player for Linux (.bundle)
download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.bundle
md5sum: bd51e8f8ef2417080c6d734f6ea9fb87

VMware Player 2.5.2 - 64-bit (.rpm)
download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm
md5sum: 5b488b97b5091d3980eb74ec0a5c065b

VMware Player 2.5.2 - 64-bit (.bundle)
download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.bundle
md5sum: 25254cd60c4063c2c68a8bf50c2c4869


VMware ACE 2.5.2
----------------
www.vmware.com/download/ace/
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/ace25/doc/releasenotes_ace252.html

ACE Management Server Virtual Appliance
AMS Virtual Appliance .zip
md5sum: 430ff7792d9d490d1678fc22b4c62121
sha1sum: 98b74e0dba4214b055c95ccea656bfa2731c3fee

VMware ACE for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows 32-bit and 64-bit .exe
md5sum: 8336586b9f9e5180d5279a0b988e82a6

ACE Management Server for Windows
Windows .exe
md5sum: 44918519a7bac2501b211c9825ed8268
sha1sum: 97655c824815f7c4e25f6940c708f835ab616da9

ACE Management Server for SUSE Enterprise Linux 9
SLES 9 .rpm
md5sum: 7fcb0409474c7e81accc90f25d80b00e
sha1sum: 385b254930dd6b8c53e3c805653c1fa1b07a6161

ACE Management Server for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
RHEL 4 .rpm
md5sum: 745e3115f8557fa04c2ddaf25320a911
sha1sum: ef75d572325a32a7582dbb4c352541978d3cebeb


VMware Server 2.0.1
-------------------
www.vmware.com/download/server/
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/server2/doc/releasenotes_vmserver201.html

For Windows

VMware Server 2
Version 2.0.1 | 156745 - 03/31/09
507 MB EXE image VMware Server 2 for Windows Operating Systems. A
master installer file containing all Windows components of VMware
Server.
md5sum: d0eefaa79e42d13a693c4d732a460ba4

VIX API 1.6 for Windows.
Version 1.6.2 | 156745 - 03/31/09 37 MB EXE image
md5sum: ad531ed3c37c0a50fb915981f83ca133

For Linux

VMware Server 2 for Linux Operating Systems.
Version 2.0.1 | 156745 - 03/31/09 465 MB RPM image
md5sum: eb42331bbd9be30848826b8cab73e0ca

VMware Server 2 for Linux Operating Systems.
Version 2.0.1 | 156745 - 03/31/09 466 MB TAR image
md5sum: be96bc1696f4cef67755bfd2553ce233

VMware Server 2 for Linux Operating Systems 64-bit version.
Version 2.0.1 | 156745 - 03/31/09 434 MB RPM image
md5sum: 697a792c70d50e98a347c06b323bd20b

The core application needed to run VMware Server 2, 64-bit version.
Version 2.0.1 | 156745 - 03/31/09 436 MB TAR image
md5sum: f40498229772910d6a6788b7803f9c38

VIX API 1.6 for Linux.
Version 1.6.2 | 156745 - 03/31/09 17 MB TAR image
md5sum: 2ef6174b90cdd9a2832b57dbe94cfbb1

64-bit VIX API 1.6 for Linux.
Version 1.6.2 | 156745 - 03/31/09 21 MB TAR image
md5sum: 454aeba273f9a89c578223c95b262323


VMware Server 1.0.9
-------------------
www.vmware.com/download/server/
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/server/doc/releasenotes_server.html

VMware Server for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-installer-1.0.9-156507.exe
md5sum: 8c650f8a0a0521b69c6aba00d910cfb9

VMware Server Windows client package
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-win32-client-1.0.9-156507.zip
md5sum: c83e673f7422a4f3edaf7d9337cf5d6d

VMware Server for Linux
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-1.0.9-156507.tar.gz
md5sum: ff4b57588514c83b1a828e3b19843ad2

VMware Server for Linux rpm
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-1.0.9-156507.i386.rpm
md5sum: c8fc9e9f948f2807b9f8bfb3ca318f36

Management Interface
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-mui-1.0.9-156507.tar.gz
md5sum: dbf99faef8bd26e173cf2514d7bea449

VMware Server Linux client package
download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-linux-client-1.0.9-156507.zip
md5sum: 7e76a481408454a747bb4d076a6e2524


VMware Fusion 2.0.4
-------------------
www.vmware.com/download/fusion
Release notes:
www.vmware.com/support/fusion2/doc/releasenotes_fusion_204.html
md5sum: 689eaf46746cdc89a595e0ef81b714b3
sha1sum:46300075feb00df099d5272b984f762416d33791


ESXi
----
ESXi 3.5 patch ESXe350-200904201-O-SG
download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESXe350-200904201-O-SG.zip
md5sum: 1f35c8bd1f00261cdea52db8b6b98eca
kb.vmware.com/kb/1009853

NOTES: 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 ESX350-200904201-SG
download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-200904201-SG.zip
md5sum: 8ca2816aacf2436ce8b346861a553394
kb.vmware.com/kb/1009852

ESX 3.0.3 patch ESX303-200904403-SG
download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX303-200904403-SG.zip
md5sum: a81f96598b98e3d8216ebdfa9570f8a5
kb.vmware.com/kb/1008422

ESX 3.0.2 patch ESX-1008421
download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX-1008421.tgz
md5sum: 377d94ae3a756e627e7a6c9330d4369e
kb.vmware.com/kb/1008421

5. References
6. Change log
2009-04-10 VMSA-2009-0006
Initial security advisory after release of Fusion 2.0.4 and ESX and ESXi
patches on 2009-04-10. Workstation 6.5.2, Player 2.5.2, ACE 2.5.2,
Server 1.0.9 and Server 2.0.1 were released on 2009-04-01.
7. Contact
E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:
lists.vmware.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/security-announce

This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

  * security-announce at lists.vmware.com
  * bugtraq at securityfocus.com
  * full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

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

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