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NEW VMSA-2014-0013 - VMware vCloud Automation Center product updates address a critical remote privilege escalation vulnerability



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VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2014-0013
Synopsis:    VMware vCloud Automation Center product updates address a 
             critical remote privilege escalation vulnerability 
Issue date:  2014-12-09
Updated on:  2014-12-09 (Initial Advisory)
CVE number:  CVE-2014-8373

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1. Summary

    VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) product updates address a 
    critical vulnerability in the vCAC VMware Remote Console (VMRC) 
    function which could lead to a remote privilege escalation.

2. Relevant releases

    vCloud Automation Center 6.x without patch

3. Problem Description 

   a. VMware vCloud Automation Center remote privilege escalation

      VMware vCloud Automation Center has a remote privilege escalation 
      vulnerability. This issue may allow an authenticated vCAC user to
      obtain administrative access to vCenter Server.

      This issue is present in environments that use the "Connect (by) 
      Using VMRC" function in vCAC to connect directly to vCenter Server.
      Environments that exclusively use vCloud Director (vCD) as a 
      proxy to connect to vCenter Server are not affected.

      At this time the issue is remediated by removing the "Connect (by)
      Using VMRC" functionality for directly connecting to vCenter 
      Server. Deploying the provided patch will remove this 
      functionality. 

      VMware is working on a secure solution that will restore this 
      functionality. Customers may continue to use the "Connect (by) 
      Using RDP" or "Connect (by) Using SSH" options for remote desktop 
      management as they are not affected by this issue.

      The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
      has assigned the identifier CVE-2014-8373 to this issue. 

      Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to
      remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is 
      available.

      VMware                Product   Running	Replace with/
      Product               Version   on	Apply Patch
      ===================   =======   =======	===================
      vRealize Automation   6.2       any       Not Affected *

      vCloud Automation
      Center                6.1.1     any       VMRC_VCAC_6.1.1.zip **

      vCloud Automation
      Center                6.1       any       VMRC_VCAC_6.1.zip **

      vCloud Automation
      Center                6.0.1.2   any       VMRC_VCAC_6.0.1.2.zip **

      vCloud Automation
      Center                6.0.1.1   any       VMRC_VCAC_6.0.1.1.zip **

      vCloud Automation
      Center                6.0.1     any       VMRC_VCAC_6.0.1.zip **


* vRealize Automation 6.2 ships with "Connect (by) Using VMRC" removed 
  for directly connecting to vCenter Server.
** Deployment of this patch will remove "Connect (by) Using VMRC" 
   functionality for directly connecting to vCenter Server.

4. Solution
   
   Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version 
   and verify the checksum of your downloaded file. 

   vCloud Automation Center 6.x
   ----------------------------
   Downloads and Documentation:
   http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2097932
   
5. References

   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-8373

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6. Change log

   2014-12-09 VMSA-2014-0013
   Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of patches 
   for vCloud Automation Center 6.x on 2014-12-09.

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   This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

    security-announce at lists.vmware.com
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