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VMware ESX / ESXi Privilege Escalation and Directory Traversal Vulnerability

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Release Date:  2008-11-07    Views:  7,811

Secunia Advisory SA32624

Where:

Local system

Impact:

Privilege escalation

Solution Status:

Vendor Patch

CVE Reference(s):

Description


Some vulnerabilities have been reported in VMware ESX and ESXi, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

1) A vulnerability in the CPU hardware emulation can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.

For more information:
SA32612

This vulnerability is reported in VMware ESX 2.5.4, 2.5.5, 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.5, and ESXi 3.5.

2) An unspecified input validation error can be exploited by administrators to gain escalated privileges via directory traversal attacks.

Successful exploitation requires that an administrator has the "Datastore.FileManagement" privilege.

This vulnerability is reported in VMware ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5.


Solution:
Update to the latest version or apply patches.

Further details available to Secunia VIM customers

Provided and/or discovered by:
The vendor credits:
1) Derek Soeder
2) Michel Toussaint

Original Advisory:
VMSA-2008-0018:
http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2008/000042.html

Deep Links:
Links available to Secunia VIM customers

Do you have additional information related to this advisory?

Please provide information about patches, mitigating factors, new versions, exploits, faulty patches, links, and other relevant data by posting comments to this Advisory. You can also send this information to vuln@secunia.com

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