Vulnerability Details

VMSA-2013-0016 VMware ESXi and ESX unauthorized file access through vCenter Server and ESX (remote check)

Published: 2013-12-27 11:04:01
CVE Author: NIST National Vulnerability Database

CVSS Base Vector:
AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Detection Method:
Check the build number.

Technical Details:
a. VMware ESXi and ESX unauthorized file access through vCenter Server and ESX VMware ESXi and ESX contain a vulnerability in the handling of certain Virtual Machine file descriptors. This issue may allow an unprivileged vCenter Server user with the privilege 'Add Existing Disk' to obtain read and write access to arbitrary files on ESXi or ESX. On ESX, an unprivileged local user may obtain read and write access to arbitrary files. Modifying certain files may allow for code execution after a host reboot. Unpriviledged vCenter Server users or groups that are assigned the predefined role 'Virtual Machine Power User' or 'Resource Pool Administrator' have the privilege 'Add Existing Disk'. The issue cannot be exploited through VMware vCloud Director. Workaround A workaround is provided in VMware Knowledge Base article 2066856. Mitigation In a default vCenter Server installation no unprivileged users or groups are assigned the predefined role 'Virtual Machine Power User' or 'Resource Pool Administrator'. Restrict the number of vCenter Server users that have the privilege 'Add Existing Disk'.

Recommendations:
Apply the missing patch(es).

Summary:
VMware ESXi and ESX unauthorized file access through vCenter Server and ESX

Affected Versions:
VMware ESXi 5.5 Build < 1474526 VMware ESXi 5.1 Build < 1312874 VMware ESXi 5.0 Build < 1311177

Detection Type:
Linux Distribution Package

Solution Type:
Vendor Patch

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVD (National Vulnerability Database)

https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2013-5973

References:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2013-0016.html

Severity
Medium
CVSS Score
4.4
Published
2013-12-27
Modified
2018-08-16
Category
General

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