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iDefense Security Advisory 06.04.08: VMware Multiple Products vmware-authd Untrusted Library Loading Vulnerability

From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jun 05 2008 - 13:45:52 GMT
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iDefense Security Advisory 06.04.08
http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/ Jun 04, 2008

I. BACKGROUND VMware Inc. markets several virtualization products which allow multiple virtual computers to run on a single system. For more information visit the following URL.


II. DESCRIPTION Local exploitation of an untrusted library path vulnerability in multiple products distributed by VMware Inc. could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

The Linux version of VMware products include a program called 'vmware-authd', which is installed set-uid root. When this program is executed, it reads configuration options from the executing user's VMware configuration file. One such option allows the user to specify the directory in which to look for shared library modules needed by the program. By loading a specially crafted library, an attacker can execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

III. ANALYSIS Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have access to execute the set-uid vmware-authd binary on an affected system. No additional credentials are needed.

IV. DETECTION iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the following VMware products.

  VMware Workstation for Linux   VMware GSX Server for Linux   VMware ESX Server

All versions of all products which include a set-uid vmware-authd binary are suspected to be vulnerable.

V. WORKAROUND To prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, modify the file permissions for the vmware-authd set-uid binary. Possible choices include removing the set-uid bit, or only allowing members of a trusted group to execute the binary.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE VMware has addressed this vulnerability by release new versions of their products. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL. http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2008-0009.html

VII. CVE INFORMATION The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2008-0967 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE 01/30/2008 Initial vendor notification 01/30/2008 Initial vendor response 06/04/2008 Coordinated public disclosure

IX. CREDIT The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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X. LEGAL NOTICES Copyright 2008 iDefense, Inc.

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