VMSA-2016-0022

VMware product updates address information disclosure vulnerabilities

VMware Security Advisory
 
VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID:
  VMSA-2016-0022
VMware Security Advisory Severity:
  Important
VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
  VMware product updates address information disclosure vulnerabilities
VMware Security Advisory Issue date:
  2016-11-22
VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
  2016-11-22 (Initial Advisory)
VMware Security Advisory CVE numbers:
  CVE-2016-7458, CVE-2016-7459, CVE-2016-7460
 
1. Summary

VMware vCenter Server, vSphere Client, and vRealize Automation updates address information disclosure vulnerabilities.

2. Relevant Products
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware vSphere Client
  • vRealize Automation
3. Problem Description

a. vSphere Client XML External Entity vulnerability

 

The vSphere Client contains an XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerability. This issue can lead to information disclosure if a vSphere Client user is tricked into connecting to a malicious instance of vCenter Server or ESXi.

 

There are no known workarounds for this issue.

 

VMware would like to thank Vladimir Ivanov, Andrey Evlanin, Mikhail   Stepankin, Artem Kondratenko, Arseniy Sharoglazov of Positive Technologies for reporting this issue to us.

 

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7458 to this issue.

 

Column 5 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.


VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Severity
Replace with/ Apply Patch *
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware Product vSphere Client
Product Version 6.0
Running on Windows
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch * 6.0 U2a
Mitigation/ Workaround None
VMware Product vSphere Client
Product Version 5.5
Running on Windows
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch * 5.5 U3e
Mitigation/ Workaround None

 

* In order to remediate the vulnerability, the vSphere Client will need to be uninstalled and re-installed. A fixed version of the vSphere Client can be obtained from:    

  • vCenter Server 6.0 U2a    
  • vCenter Server 5.5 U3e
  • VMware Knowledge Base article 2089791    

The build numbers of the fixed client versions may be found in VMware Knowledge Base article 2089791.  

 

b. vCenter Server XML External Entity vulnerability

 

vCenter Server contains an XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerability in the Log Browser, the Distributed Switch setup, and the Content Library. A specially crafted XML request issued to the server by an  authorized user may lead to unintended information disclosure.

 

There are no known workarounds for this issue.

 

VMware would like to thank Vladimir Ivanov, Andrey Evlanin, Mikhail   Stepankin, Artem Kondratenko, Arseniy Sharoglazov of Positive Technologies, and Lukasz Plonka for independently for reporting this   issue to us.

 

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7459 to this issue.

 

Column 5 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.


VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Severity
Replace with/ Apply Patch
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 6.5
Running on Any
Severity N/A
Replace with/ Apply Patch Not affected
Mitigation/ Workaround N/A
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 6.0
Running on Any
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 6.0 U2a
Mitigation/ Workaround None
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 5.5
Running on Any
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 5.5 U3e
Mitigation/ Workaround None

 

 

 

c. vCenter Server and vRealize Automation XML External Entity vulnerability

 

vCenter Server and vRealize Automation contain an XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerability in the Single Sign-On functionality. A specially crafted XML request issued to the server may lead to a Denial of Service or to unintended information disclosure. 

 

There are no known workarounds for this issue.

 

VMware would like to thank Vladimir Ivanov, Andrey Evlanin, Mikhail Stepankin, Artem Kondratenko, Arseniy Sharoglazov of Positive Technologies for reporting this issue to us.

 

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7460 to this issue.

 

Column 5 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.


VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Severity
Replace with/ Apply Patch
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 6.5
Running on Any
Severity N/A
Replace with/ Apply Patch Not affected
Mitigation/ Workaround N/A
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 6.0
Running on Any
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 6.0 U2a
Mitigation/ Workaround None
VMware Product vCenter Server
Product Version 5.5
Running on Any
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 5.5 U3e
Mitigation/ Workaround None
VMware Product vRealize Automation
Product Version 7.x
Running on VA
Severity N/A
Replace with/ Apply Patch Not affected
Mitigation/ Workaround N/A
VMware Product vRealize Automation
Product Version 6.x
Running on VA
Severity Important
Replace with/ Apply Patch 6.2.5
Mitigation/ Workaround None

 

 

4. Solution

 

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

 

vCenter Server

Downloads and Documentation:

https://www.vmware.com/go/download-vsphere

 

vRealize Automation

Downloads and Documentation:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/6_2

 

6. Change log


2016-11-22 VMSA-2016-0022

Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of vSphere 6.0 U2a on 2016-11-22.

7. Contact

 

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This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

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fulldisclosure@seclists.org

 

E-mail: security@vmware.com

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