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VMSA-2013-0003

VMware vCenter Server, ESXi and ESX address an NFC Protocol memory corruption and third party library security issues.

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2013-0003
Synopsis: VMware vCenter Server, ESXi and ESX address an NFC Protocol memory corruption and third party library security issues.
Issue date: 2013-02-21
Updated on: 2013-02-21 (initial advisory)
CVE numbers:

--- vSphere NFC ---
CVE-2013-1659
--- OpenSSl OpenSSL ---
CVE-2012-2110
--- JRE ---
See references

1. Summary


VMware has updated VMware vCenter Server, ESXi and ESX to address a vulnerability in the Network File Copy (NFC) Protocol. This update also addresses multiple security vulnerabilities in third party libraries used by VirtualCenter, ESX and ESXi.

2. Relevant releases


VMware vCenter Server 5.1 prior to 5.1.0b
VMware vCenter Server 5.0 prior to 5.0 Update 2
VMware vCenter Server 4.0 prior to Update 4b
VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 prior to Update 6c

VMware ESXi 5.1 without ESXi510-201212101-SG
VMware ESXi 5.0 without ESXi500-201212102-SG
VMware ESXi 4.1 without ESXi410-201301401-SG
VMware ESXi 4.0 without ESXi400-201302401-SG
VMware ESXi 3.5 without ESXe350-201302401-I-SG and ESXe350-201302403-C-SG

VMware ESX 4.1 without ESX410-201301401-SG
VMware ESX 4.0 without ESX400-201302401-SG
VMware ESX 3.5 without ESX350-201302401-SG

3. Problem Description
a. VMware vCenter, ESXi and ESX NFC protocol memory corruption vulnerability


VMware vCenter Server, ESXi and ESX contain a vulnerability in the handling of the Network File Copy (NFC) protocol. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must intercept and modify the NFC traffic between vCenter Server and the client or ESXi/ESX and the client. Exploitation of the issue may lead to code execution.

To reduce the likelihood of exploitation, vSphere components should be deployed on an isolated management network

VMware would like to thank Alex Chapman of Context Information Security for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2013-1659 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 Server 5.1 any vCenter Server 5.1.0b
vCenter Server 5.0 any vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2
 
 
 
 
vCenter Server 4.1 any not affected
vCenter Server 4.0 any vCenter Server 4.0 Update 4b
 
 
 
 
VirtualCenter 2.5
any
not affected
 
 
 
 
hosted* any any not affected
 
 
 
 
ESXi 5.1 ESXi ESXi510-201212101-SG
ESXi 5.0 ESXi ESXi500-201212101-SG
ESXi 4.1 ESXi ESXi410-201301401-SG
ESXi 4.0 ESXi ESXi400-201302401-SG
ESXi 3.5 ESXi ESXi350-201302401-O-SG
   
 
 
ESX 4.1 ESX ESX410-201301401-SG
ESX 4.0 ESX ESX400-201302401-SG
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201302401-SG


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

b. VirtualCenter, ESX and ESXi Oracle (Sun) JRE update 1.5.0_38


Oracle (Sun) JRE is updated to version 1.5.0_38, which addresses multiple security issues that existed in earlier releases of Oracle (Sun) JRE.

Oracle has documented the CVE identifiers that are addressed in JRE 1.5.0_38 in the Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory of October 2012.

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 Server 5.1 any not applicable **
vCenter Server 5.0 any not applicable **
vCenter Server 4.1 any not applicable **
vCenter Server 4.0 any Patch Pending
VirtualCenter 2.5 any VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6c
       
hosted* any any not affected
       
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
       
ESX 4.1 ESX not applicable **
ESX 4.0 ESX Patch Pending
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201302401-SG


* hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion.

** this product uses the Oracle (Sun) JRE 1.6.0 family

c. Update to ESX service console OpenSSL RPM


The service console OpenSSL RPM is updated to version openssl-0.9.7a.33.28.i686 to resolve multiple security issues.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-2110 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
===== ===== ===== ==============
ESXi any ESXi not applicable
       
ESX 4.1 ESX not applicable
ESX 4.0 ESX not applicable
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-201302401-SG

 

4. Solution

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

vCenter Server 5.1.0
---------------------------
Download link:
https://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_1

Release Notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-510b-release-notes.html

vCenter Server 5.0
---------------------------
Download link:
https://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_0

Release Notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_vc50_u2_rel_notes.html

vCenter Server 4.0
---------------------------
Download link:
https://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/4_0

Release Notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_vc40_u4b_rel_notes.html

VirtualCenter 2.5
---------------------------
Download link:
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_infrastructure_3/3_5

Release Notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vi3/doc/vi3_vc25u6c_rel_notes.html

ESXi and ESX
------------
https://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/download.portal

ESXi 5.1
--------
File: ESXi510-201212001.zip
md5sum: 81d562c00942973f13520afac4868748
sha1sum: ec1ff6d3e3c9b127252ba1b710c74119f1164786
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035775
ESXi510-201212001 contains ESXi510-201212102-SG

ESXi 5.0
------------------
File: update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update02.zip
md5sum: ab8f7f258932a39f7d3e7877787fd198
sha1sum: b65bacab4e38cf144e223cff4770501b5bd23334
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2033751
update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update02 contains ESXi500-201212102-SG

ESXi 4.1
------------------
File: ESXi410-201211001.zip
md5sum: f7da5cd52d3c314abc31fe7aef4e50d3
sha1sum: a4d2232723717d896ff3b0879b0bdb3db823c0a1
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2036257
ESXi410-201211001 contains ESXi410-201211402-BG

ESXi 4.0
------------------
File: ESXi400-201302001.zip
md5sum: 8fca17ca97669dd1d34c34902e8e7ddf
sha1sum: 51d76922eb7116810622acdd611f3029237a5680
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2041344
ESXi400-201302001 contains ESXi400-201302402-SG

ESXi 3.5
--------
File: ESXe350-201302401-O-SG.zip
md5sum: a2c5f49bc865625b3796c41c202d1696
sha1sum: 12d25011d9940ea40d45f77a4e5bcc7e7b0c0cee
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2042543
ESXe350-201302401-O-SG.zip contains ESXe350-201302401-I-SG and ESXe350-201302403-C-SG

ESX 4.1
--------
File: ESX410-201211001.zip
md5sum: c167bccc388661e329fc494df13855c3
sha1sum: a8766b2eff68813a262d21a6a6ebeaae62e58c98
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2036254
ESX410-201211001 contains ESX410-201211401-SG

ESX 4.0
--------
File: ESX400-201302001.zip
md5sum: 5ca4276e97c19b832d778e17e5f4ba64
sha1sum: 8d73cf062d8b23bd23f9b85d23f97f2888e4612f
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2041343
ESX400-201302001 contains ESX400-201302401-SG

ESX 3.5
--------
File: ESX350-201302401-SG.zip
md5sum: e703cb0bc3e1eaa8932a96ea96f34a00
sha1sum: 91dcf1bf7194a289652d0904dd7af8bce0a1d2dd
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2042541

6. Change log


2013-02-21 VMSA-2013-0003
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of VirtualCenter 2.5 U6c and
ESX 3.5 patches on 2013-02-21

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