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VMSA-2012-0015

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2012-0015
Synopsis: VMware Hosted Products and OVF Tool address security issues
Issue date: 2012-11-08
Updated on: 2012-11-08 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2012-5458, CVE-2012-5459 and CVE-2012-3569
1. Summary
VMware Hosted products and OVFTool patches address several security issues.
2. Relevant releases
OVF Tool 2.1
Workstation 8.0.4
Player 4.0.4
3. Problem Description
a. VMware Workstation and Player Weak permissions on process threads vulnerability.
Certain processes when created have weak security permissions assigned. It is possible to commandeer these process threads, which could result in Elevation of Privilege in the context of the host.

VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Cylance, Inc. for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-5458 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 Running Replace with/
Product Version on Apply Patch
============= ======= ======= =================
vCenter any Windows not affected
Workstation 9.x any not affected
Workstation 8.x Windows 8.0.5
Workstation 8.x Linux not affected
Player 5.x any not affected
Player 4.x Windows 4.0.5 or Later
Player 4.x Linux not affected
Fusion any Mac not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX any ESX not affected
b. VMware Workstation and Player DLL binary planting vulnerability.
Workstation and Player have a binary planting vulnerability. An attacker who can write their malicious executable to a system folder on the host, may be able to run code under certain circumstances.

VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Cylance, Inc. for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-5459 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 Running Replace with/
Product Version on Apply Patch
============= ======= ======= =================
vCenter any Windows not affected
Workstation 9.x any not affected
Workstation 8.x Windows 8.0.5
Workstation 8.x Linux not affected
Player 5.x any not affected
Player 4.x Windows 4.0.5 or Later
Player 4.x Linux not affected
Fusion any Mac not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX any ESX not affected
c. VMware OVF Tool format string vulnerability.
The OVFTool has a format string vulnerability. Exploitation of this issue may lead to code execution. In order to exploit the issue, the attacker would need to trick the user into loading their malicious OVF file.

It is recommended that only OVF files from trusted sources should be used.

VMware would like to thank Jeremy Brown of Microsoft for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-3569 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 Running Replace with/
Product Version on Apply Patch
============= ======= ======= =================
vCenter any Windows not affected
OVF Tool 3.x any not affected
OVF Tool 2.1 Windows OVF Tool 3.0.1
OVF Tool 2.1 Linux / Mac not affected
OVF Tool 2.0 any not affected
Workstation 9.x any not affected
Workstation 8.x Windows 8.0.5
Workstation 8.x Linux not affected
Player 5.x any not affected
Player 4.x Windows 4.0.5 or later
Player 4.x Linux not affected
Fusion any Mac not affected
ESXi any ESXi not affected
ESX any ESX not affected

Note: Workstation, Player and the vSphere Web Client (part of vCenter Server)use the OVF Tool to load OVF files. Other products, including vCenter Server (except vSPhere Web Client), ESX, and vCloud Director do not use the OVF Tool to parse OVF files.
4. Solution
Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

OVF Tool 3.0.1
---------------------------
https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/

VMware Workstation 8.0.5
---------------------------
https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

Release notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/ws80/doc/releasenotes_workstation_805.html

Player 4.0.5
---------------------------
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

Release notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/player40/doc/releasenotes_player405.html
6. Change log
2012-11-08 VMSA-2012-0015 Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of Workstation 8.0.5 and Player 4.0.5 on 2012-11-06.
7. Contact
E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:
http://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
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