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VMSA-2009-0007

VMware Hosted products and ESX and ESXi patches resolve security issues

VMware Security Advisory
Advisory ID: VMSA-2009-0007
Synopsis: VMware Hosted products and ESX and ESXi patches resolve security issues
Issue date: 2009-05-28
Updated on: 2009-05-28 (initial release of advisory)
CVE numbers: CVE-2009-1805 CVE-2009-0040 CVE-2008-1382
1. Summary

VMware Hosted products and ESX and ESXi patches resolve a security
issue. Update patch 13 for ESX 2.5.5 updates the libpng Service
Console RPM.
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 2.0.1 and earlier.

VMware ESXi 3.5 without patch ESXe350-200904402-T-BG

VMware ESX 3.5 without patch ESX350-200904401-BG

VMware ESX 3.0.3 without patch ESX303-200905401-SG

VMware ESX 3.0.2 without patch ESX-1008420

VMware ESX 2.5.5 without update patch 13

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.

Extended support for ESX 2.5.5 ends on 2010-06-15. Users should plan
to upgrade to ESX 3.0.3 and preferably to the newest release
available.
3. Problem Description
a. VMware Descheduled Time Accounting driver vulnerability may cause a denial of service in Windows based virtual machines.

The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting Service is an optional,
experimental service that provides improved guest operating system
accounting.

This patch fixes a denial of service vulnerability that could be
triggered in a virtual machine by an unprivileged, locally
logged-on user in the virtual machine.

Virtual machines are affected under the following conditions:

- The virtual machine is running a Windows operating system.

- The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting driver is installed
in the virtual machine. Note that this is an optional (non-
default) part of the VMware Tools installation.

- The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting Service is not running
in the virtual machine

The VMware Descheduled Time Accounting Service is no longer provided
in newer versions of VMware Tools, starting with the versions
released in Fusion 2.0.2 and ESX 4.0.

However, virtual machines migrated from vulnerable releases will
still be vulnerable if the three conditions listed above are met,
until their tools are upgraded.

Steps needed to remediate this vulnerability:

Guest systems on VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion
- Install the new version of Workstation, Player, ACE, Server,
Fusion (see below for version information)
- Upgrade tools in the virtual machine (virtual machine users
will be prompted to upgrade).

Guest systems on ESX 3.5, ESXi 3.5, ESX 3.0.2, ESX 3.0.3
- Install the relevant patches (see below for patch identifiers)
- Manually upgrade tools in the virtual machine (virtual machine
users will not be prompted to upgrade). Note the VI Client will
not show the VMware tools is out of date in the summary tab.
Please see http://tinyurl.com/27mpjo page 80 for details.

Guests systems on ESX 4.0 and ESXi 4.0 that have been migrated from
ESX 3.5, ESXi 3.5, and ESX 3.0.x
- Install/upgrade the new tools in the virtual machine (virtual
machine users will be prompted to upgrade).

If the Descheduled Time Accounting driver was installed, the tools
upgrade will result in an updated driver for Workstation, Player,
ACE, Server, ESX 3.0.2, ESX 3.0.3, ESX 3.5, ESXi 3.5. For Fusion,
ESX 4.0, and ESXi 4.0 the tools upgrade will result in the removal
of the driver.

VMware would like to thank Nikita Tarakanov for reporting this
issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2009-1805 to this issue.

The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability
(column 4) if a solution is available. See above for remediation
details.

VMware Product Running Replace with/
Product Version on 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 2.0.2 build 147997 or later
       
ESXi 4.0 ESXi not affected
ESXi 3.5 ESXi ESXe350-200904402-T-BG
       
ESX 4.0 ESX not affected
ESX 3.5 ESX ESX350-200904401-BG
ESX 3.0.3 ESX ESX303-200905402-SG
ESX 3.0.2 ESX ESX-1008420
ESX 2.5.5 ESX not affected
b. Updated libpng package for the ESX 2.5.5 Service Console

The libpng packages contain a library of functions for creating and
manipulating PNG (Portable Network Graphics) image format files.

A flaw was discovered in libpng that could result in libpng trying
to free() random memory if certain, unlikely error conditions
occurred. If a carefully-crafted PNG file was loaded by an
application linked against libpng, it could cause the application
to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running the application.

A flaw was discovered in the way libpng handled PNG images
containing "unknown" chunks. If an application linked against libpng
attempted to process a malformed, unknown chunk in a malicious PNG
image, it could cause the application to crash.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the names CVE-2009-0040 and CVE-2008-1382 to these
issues.

The VMware version number of libpng after applying the update is
libpng-1.0.14-12.i386.rpm.

The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability
(column 4) if a solution is available.

VMware Product Running Replace with/
Product Version on Apply Patch
============= ======= ======= =================
VirtualCenter any Windows not affected
       
hosted * any any not affected
       
ESXi 4.0 ESXi not affected
ESXi 3.5 ESXi not affected
       
ESX 4.0 ESX not affected
ESX 3.5 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.3 ESX not affected
ESX 3.0.2 ESX not affected
ESX 2.5.5 ESX Upgrade Patch 13

* 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 and/or the sha1sum of your downloaded file.

VMware Workstation 6.5.2
------------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/
Release notes:
http://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
-------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/player/
Release notes:
http://www.vmware.com/support/player25/doc/releasenotes_player252.html

Windows binary

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-player-2.5.2-156735.exe
md5sum: 01356d729e9b031c8904e9560a02c469

Player for Linux (.rpm)

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.rpm
md5sum: aa047047b72de7f4b53d9c2128b53bec

Player for Linux (.tar)

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.i386.bundle
md5sum: bd51e8f8ef2417080c6d734f6ea9fb87

VMware Player 2.5.2 - 64-bit (.rpm)

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.rpm
md5sum: 5b488b97b5091d3980eb74ec0a5c065b

VMware Player 2.5.2 - 64-bit (.bundle)

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmplayer/VMware-Player-2.5.2-156735.x86_64.bundle
md5sum: 25254cd60c4063c2c68a8bf50c2c4869


VMware ACE 2.5.2
----------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/ace/
Release notes:
http://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
-------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/server/
Release notes:
http://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
-------------------
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

http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-installer-1.0.9-156507.exe
md5sum: 8c650f8a0a0521b69c6aba00d910cfb9

VMware Server Windows client package

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

VMware Server for Linux

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

VMware Server for Linux rpm

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

Management Interface

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

VMware Server Linux client package

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


VMware Fusion 2.0.4
-------------------
http://www.vmware.com/download/fusion/
VMware Fusion 2.0.4: with McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009
md5sum:5b63c7ca402588bda6aa590a26d29adf
sha1sum:e575ada73da996bd00b880ae2d0bfcef2daf9f8e

VMware Fusion 2.0.4: Download including only VMware
md5sum:689eaf46746cdc89a595e0ef81b714b3
sha1sum:46300075feb00df099d5272b984f762416d33791


ESXi
----
ESXi 3.5 patch ESXe350-200904401-O-SG (ESXe350-200904402-T-BG)
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESXe350-200904401-O-SG.zip
md5sum: 9b11aa16afd676a5190cfd0b68d5a836
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1010136

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 ESX350-200904401-BG
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX350-200904401-BG.zip
md5sum: 01847ced394a0556f99ca4c55b2174bf
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1010126

ESX 3.0.3 patch ESX303-200905401-SG
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX303-200905401-SG.zip
md5sum: bea33fd046957aa38ce0ed67d6b362ed
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1009940

ESX 3.0.2 patch ESX-1008420
http://download3.vmware.com/software/vi/ESX-1008420.tgz
md5sum: 0a63dde5307defd48592d4e8b88f3f48
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1008420

ESX 2.5.5 Upgrade Patch 13
http://www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/esx-255-200905-patch.html
http://download3.vmware.com/software/esx/esx-2.5.5-161312-upgrade.tar.gz
md5sum: a477b7819f5a0d4cbd38b98432a48c88
sha1sum: cceb38898108e48cc5b7e3298a03a369aa783699
6. Change log

2009-05-28 VMSA-2009-0007
Initial security advisory after release of patches for ESX 2.5.5,
ESX 3.0.2 and ESX 3.0.3. Relevant patches for ESX 3.5 and new versions
of hosted products mentioned above have already been released.
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
PGP key at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1055

VMware Security Center
http://www.vmware.com/security

VMware security response policy
http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/security_response.html

General support life cycle policy
http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos.html

VMware Infrastructure support life cycle policy
http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/eos_vi.html