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TUCoPS :: Linux :: Apps N-Z :: bt1423.txt

VMware GSX Server 2.5.1 / Workstation 4.0 (for Linux systems) vulnerability





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----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Ahmad" <da@securityfocus.com>
To: <bugtraq@securityfocus.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 2:09 PM
Subject: VMware GSX Server 2.5.1 / Workstation 4.0 (for Linux systems)
vulnerability


>
> David Mirza Ahmad
> Symantec
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> The battle for the past is for the future.
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Description=0D
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The following products have a vulnerability that can allow a=0D
user of the host system to start an arbitrary program with=0D
root privileges: =0D
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VMware GSX Server 2.5.1 (for Linux systems) build 4968 and=0D
earlier releases VMware Workstation 4.0 (for Linux systems)=0D
and earlier releases  =0D
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Details/Impact=0D
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By manipulating the VMware GSX Server and VMware Workstation=0D
environment variables, a program such as a shell session with=0D
root privileges could be started when a virtual machine is=0D
launched. The user would then have full access to the host.=0D
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VMware strongly urges customers running GSX Server and=0D
Workstation (for Linux systems) to upgrade as soon=0D
as possible. =0D
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Customers running any version of VMware GSX Server or=0D
Workstation (for Windows operating systems) are not subject to=0D
this vulnerability. =0D
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Solution=0D
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To correct the vulnerability in VMware Workstation 4.0, VMware=0D
has released the following: =0D
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- - Workstation 4.0.1 =0D
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To correct the vulnerability in GSX Server 2.5.1, VMware will=0D
release the following: =0D
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- - GSX Server 2.5.1 patch 1 (for Linux systems) =0D
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Details=0D
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GSX Server 2.5.1 patch 1 (for Linux systems) =0D
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VMware GSX Server customers with support services are entitled=0D
to download and install this patched version. VMware strongly=0D
urges customers running GSX Server (for Linux =0D
systems) to upgrade as soon as possible.=0D
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VMware GSX Server customers with support services are entitled=0D
to download and install this patched version from =0D
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http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/newstore/download.jsp?ProductCode=3DGSX=
-LX-ESD=0D
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This will be available soon. =0D
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Upgrade instructions are at:=0D
http://www.vmware.com/support/gsx25/doc/upgrade_gsx.html=0D
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VMware Workstation 4.0.1 =0D
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VMware Workstation customers, if covered under the VMware Workstation =
Product=0D
Upgrade Policy as described at:=0D
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http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/pricing.html=0D
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are entitled to download and install this updated version from=0D
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http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/newstore/download.jsp?ProductCode=3DWKS=
T4-LX-ESD=0D
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This is available today. =0D
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Upgrade instructions are at=0D
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http://www.vmware.com/support/ws4/doc/ws40_upgrade.html=0D
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Notes=0D
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* VMware wishes to thank Paul Szabo of the University of Sydney for =
alerting us=0D
to this vulnerability.=0D
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His Web page is at: =0D
http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au:8000/u/psz/=0D
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* VMware has posted a knowledge base article that describes this =
problem:=0D
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http://www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3D1039=0D
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