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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0029

On November 20th 2018 VMware released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2018-0029 – vSphere Data Protection (VDP) updates address multiple security issues.

This documents several critical, important and moderate severity issues affecting VDP. VDP is based on Dell EMC Avamar Virtual Edition.

Issue (a) is a critical severity remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2018-11066). A remote unauthenticated attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary commands on the server.

Issue (b) is an important severity open redirection vulnerability (CVE-2018-11067). A remote unauthenticated attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability to redirect application users to arbitrary web URLs by tricking the victim users to click on maliciously crafted links. The vulnerability could be used to conduct phishing attacks that cause users to unknowingly visit malicious sites.

Issue (c) is an important severity information exposure vulnerability (CVE-2018-11076). VDP Java management console’s SSL/TLS private key may be leaked in the VDP Java management client package. The private key could potentially be used by an unauthenticated attacker on the same data-link layer to initiate a MITM attack on management console users.

Issue (d) is a moderate severity command injection vulnerability (CVE-2018-11077). The ‘getlogs’ troubleshooting utility in VDP contains an OS command injection vulnerability. A malicious admin user may potentially be able to execute arbitrary commands under root privilege.

These issues have been addressed in VDP 6.1.10, 6.1.9 and 6.0.9.

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VMware and the Tianfu Cup PWN Contest

Update November 22, 2018 – Release of VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0030
Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2018-0030 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address an integer overflow issue.

The advisory documents the remediation of the critical severity vulnerability which was demonstrated at the Tianfu Cup PWN Contest.
This issue affects VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion, and may allow a guest to execute code on the host.

Customers should review the security advisory and direct any questions to VMware Support.

Update November 17, 2018
The Tianfu Cup PWN Contest has wrapped up after Day 2. No additional teams targeted VMware Workstation on Day 2.

We are actively working on remediation, of the issue reported on Day 1, for VMware Workstation and Fusion.
VMware vSphere ESXi is unaffected.
We plan on publishing a VMware Security Advisory to provide information on updates for affected products.
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Update November 16, 2018
Day 1 of the Tianfu Cup PWN Contest has finished in Chengdu. VMware Workstation is a target at this competition.

One researcher has shown that he could execute code on the VMware Workstation host from the guest. We are currently investigating the issue after having received the details. We are actively working on its remediation and we plan on publishing a VMware Security Advisory to provide information on updates for affected products.

We would like to thank the Tianfu Cup organisers and VictorV for working with us to address the issue.

Original Post
We wanted to post a quick acknowledgement that VMware has representatives in attendance at the Tianfu Cup PWN Contest in Chengdu, China to review any vulnerabilities that may be demonstrated during the contest.

We would like to thank the organisers for inviting us to attend. Stay tuned for further updates.

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0009

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2018-0009  – vRealize Automation (vRA) updates address multiple security issues

This documents the remediation of Important and Moderate severity issues (CVE-2018-6958  and CVE-2018-6959).

Issue (a)  CVE-2018-6958 is a DOM-based cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. Exploitation of this issue may lead to the compromise of the vRA user’s workstation.

Issue (b) CVE-2018-6959 is a vulnerability in the handling of session IDs. Exploitation of this issue may lead to the hijacking of a valid vRA user’s session.

vRealize Automation 7.3.1 and 7.4.0 provide remediations for these vulnerabilities.

VMware would like to thank Oliver Matula and Benjamin Schwendemann of ERNW Enno Rey Netzwerke GmbH for reporting these issues to us.

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