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VMSA-2010-0004.5

ESX Service Console and vMA third party updates

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2010-0004.5
Synopsis: ESX Service Console and vMA third party updates
Issue date: 2010-03-03
Updated on: 2010-10-06
CVE numbers: CVE-2009-2905 CVE-2008-4552 CVE-2008-4316
CVE-2009-1377 CVE-2009-1378 CVE-2009-1379
CVE-2009-1386 CVE-2009-1387 CVE-2009-0590
CVE-2009-4022 CVE-2009-3560 CVE-2009-3720
CVE-2009-2904 CVE-2009-3563 CVE-2009-2695
CVE-2009-2849 CVE-2009-2695 CVE-2009-2908
CVE-2009-3228 CVE-2009-3286 CVE-2009-3547
CVE-2009-3613 CVE-2009-3612 CVE-2009-3620
CVE-2009-3621 CVE-2009-3726 CVE-2008-3916
CVE-2009-1189 CVE-2009-0115
1. Summary

ESX Service Console updates for newt, nfs-utils, expat, ntp and glib2 packages.

vMA updates for newt, nfs-util, glib2, kpartx, libvolume-id, device-mapper-multipath, fipscheck, dbus, dbus-libs, ed, openssl, bind, expat, openssh, ntp and kernel packages.
2. Relevant releases

VMware ESX 4.0.0 without patches ESX400-201002404-SG, ESX400-201002407-SG, ESX400-201002406-SG, ESX400-201005403-SG, ESX400-201005404-SG

VMware ESX 3.5 without patches ESX350-201006407-SG, ESX350-201008406-SG VMware vMA 4.0 before patch 3
3. Problem Description
a. vMA and Service Console update for newt to 0.52.2-12.el5_4.1

Newt is a programming library for color text mode, widget based user interfaces. Newt can be used to add stacked windows, entry widgets, checkboxes, radio buttons, labels, plain text fields, scrollbars, etc., to text mode user interfaces.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way newt processes content that is to be displayed in a text dialog box. A local attacker could issue a specially-crafted text dialog box display request (direct or via a custom application), leading to a denial of service (application crash) or, potentially, arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running the application using the newt library.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-2905 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201002406-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
b. vMA and Service Console update for vMA package nfs-utils to

The nfs-utils package provides a daemon for the kernel NFS server and related tools.

It was discovered that nfs-utils did not use tcp_wrappers correctly. Certain hosts access rules defined in "/etc/hosts.allow" and "/etc/hosts.deny" may not have been honored, possibly allowing remote attackers to bypass intended access restrictions.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4552 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201002407-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
c. vMA and Service Console package glib2 updated to 2.12.3-4.el5_3.1

GLib is the low-level core library that forms the basis for projects such as GTK+ and GNOME. It provides data structure handling for C, portability wrappers, and interfaces for such runtime functionality as an event loop, threads, dynamic loading, and an object system.

Multiple integer overflows in glib/gbase64.c in GLib before 2.20 allow context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long string that is converted either from or to a base64 representation.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4316 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201002404-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
d. vMA and Service Console update for openssl to 0.9.8e-12.el5

SSL is a toolkit implementing SSL v2/v3 and TLS protocols with full- strength cryptography world-wide.

Multiple denial of service flaws were discovered in OpenSSL's DTLS implementation. A remote attacker could use these flaws to cause a DTLS server to use excessive amounts of memory, or crash on an invalid memory access or NULL pointer dereference.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2009-1377, CVE-2009-1378, CVE-2009-1379, CVE-2009-1386, CVE-2009-1387 to these issues.

An input validation flaw was found in the handling of the BMPString and UniversalString ASN1 string types in OpenSSL's ASN1_STRING_print_ex() function. An attacker could use this flaw to create a specially-crafted X.509 certificate that could cause applications using the affected function to crash when printing certificate contents.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-0590 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX patched, see VMSA-2010-0009
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
e. vMA and Service Console package bind updated to 9.3.6-4.P1.el5_4.1

It was discovered that BIND was incorrectly caching responses without performing proper DNSSEC validation, when those responses were received during the resolution of a recursive client query that requested DNSSEC records but indicated that checking should be disabled. A remote attacker could use this flaw to bypass the DNSSEC validation check and perform a cache poisoning attack if the target BIND server was receiving such client queries.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-4022 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX patched, see VMSA-2010-0009
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
f. vMA and Service Console package expat updated to 1.95.8-8.3.el5_4.2.

Two buffer over-read flaws were found in the way Expat handled malformed UTF-8 sequences when processing XML files. A specially- crafted XML file could cause applications using Expat to fail while parsing the file.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2009-3560 and CVE-2009-3720 to these issues.

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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201005403-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201008406-SG
ESX 3.0.3 ESX affected, patch pending
ESX 2.5.5 ESX affected, no patch planned
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
g. vMA and Service Console package openssh update to 4.3p2-36.el5_4.2

A Red Hat specific patch used in the openssh packages as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (RHSA-2009:1287) loosened certain ownership requirements for directories used as arguments for the ChrootDirectory configuration options. A malicious user that also has or previously had non-chroot shell access to a system could possibly use this flaw to escalate their privileges and run commands as any system user.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-2904 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX not affected **
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


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

** Note: ESX doesn't use a chroot environment by default and is not affected. An updated version of openssh is included in ESX 4.1.
h. vMA and Service Console package ntp updated to

A flaw was discovered in the way ntpd handled certain malformed NTP packets. ntpd logged information about all such packets and replied with an NTP packet that was treated as malformed when received by another ntpd. A remote attacker could use this flaw to create an NTP packet reply loop between two ntpd servers through a malformed packet with a spoofed source IP address and port, causing ntpd on those servers to use excessive amounts of CPU time and fill disk space with log messages.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-3563 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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201005404-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201006407-SG
ESX 3.0.3 ESX affected, patch pending
ESX 2.5.5 ESX affected, no patch planned
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.
i. vMA update for package kernel to 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5

Updated vMA package kernel addresses the security issues listed below.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-2849 to the security issue fixed in kernel 2.6.18-128.2.1

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2009-2695, CVE-2009-2908, CVE-2009-3228, CVE-2009-3286, CVE-2009-3547, CVE-2009-3613 to the security issues fixed in kernel 2.6.18-128.6.1

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2009-3612, CVE-2009-3620, CVE-2009-3621, CVE-2009-3726 to the security issues fixed in kernel 2.6.18-128.9.1

VMware
Product
Product
Version
Running
On
Replace with
Apply Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX 4.0 ESX patched, see VMSA-2010-0009
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3 **


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

** vMA is updated to kernel version 2.6.18-164.9.1
j. vMA 4.0 updates for the packages kpartx, libvolume-id,

kpartx updated to 0.4.7-23.el5_3.4, libvolume-id updated to 095-14.20.el5 device-mapper-multipath package updated to 0.4.7-23.el5_3.4, fipscheck updated to 1.0.3-1.el5, dbus updated to 1.1.2-12.el5, dbus-libs updated to 1.1.2-12.el5, and ed package updated to 0.2-39.el5_2.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2008-3916, CVE-2009-1189 and CVE-2009-0115 to these issues.

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 Path
============= ======== ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
hosted * any any not affected
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX not affected
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
vMA 4.0 RHEL5 Patch 3


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

4. Solution

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

ESX 4.0
-------
ESX400-201002001
https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-192-20100228-732240/ESX400-201002001.zip
md5sum: de62cbccaffa4b2b6831617f18c1ccb4
sha1sum: 4083f191fa4acd6600c9a87e4852f9f5700e91ab
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1018403

Note: ESX400-201002001 contains the following security bulletins ESX400-201002404-SG, ESX400-201002407-SG, and ESX400-201002406-SG.

To install an individual bulletin use esxupdate with the -b option. esxupdate --bundle ESX400-201002001.zip -b ESX400-201002404-SG \ -b ESX400-201002407-SG -b ESX400-201002406-SG update

ESX400-201005001
https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-212-20100513-902204/ESX400-201005001.zip md5sum: ace37cd8d7c6388edcea2798ba8be939
sha1sum: 8fe7312fe74a435e824d879d4f1ff33df25cee78
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1013127

Note ESX400-201005001 contains the following security bulletins ESX400-201005404-SG (ntp), ESX400-201005405-SG (gzip), ESX400-201005408-SG (bind), ESX400-201005401-SG (kernel, openssl), ESX400-201005406-SG (krb5, pam_krb5), ESX400-201005402-SG (JRE), ESX400-201005403-SG (expat), ESX400-201005409-SG (sudo), ESX400-201005407-SG (gcc).

ESX 3.5
-------
ESX350-201006407-SG (ntp)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-201006407-SG.zip md5sum: 49995fadd5d14546d8da819fb83b0adf
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020171

ESX350-201008406-SG (expat)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-201008406-SG.zip
md5sum: ea06208ad933e195678922360516fa4f
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1026131

vMA 4.0
-------
To update VIMA
1 Log in to VIMA as vi-admin.
2 type 'sudo /usr/sbin/vima-update update' this will apply all
currently available updates. See http://tinyurl.com/yfekgrx for more information.
5. References

CVE numbers
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2905
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4552
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4316
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1377
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1378
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1379
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1386
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1387
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0590
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-4022
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3560
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3720
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2904
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3563
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2695
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2849
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2695
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2908
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3228
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3286
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3547
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3613
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3612
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3620
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3621
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3726
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3916
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1189
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0115
6. Change log

2010-03-03 VMSA-2010-0004
Initial security advisory after release of bulletins for ESX 4.0
on 2010-03-03 and release of vMA Patch 3 on 2010-02-25.
2010-05-27 VMSA-2010-0004.1
Updated after release of patches for ESX 4.0 on 2010-05-27.
2010-06-24 VMSA-2010-0004.2
Updated after release of patches for ESX 3.5 on 2010-06-24.
2010-08-31 VMSA-2010-0004.3
Updated after release of expat patch for ESX 3.5 on 2010-08-31.
2010-10-06 VMSA-2010-0004.4
Updated openssh to reflect not affected in ESX 4.0 by default.
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