VMware ESX VCB information disclosure

vmware-esx-vcb-info-disclosure (44797) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

VMware ESX could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by a weakness in the VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) utility. Passwords are passed in command line arguments. By viewing currently running processes, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain password information.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 2.1
  Access Vector: Local
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 1.8
  Exploitability: High
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Obtain Information

Remedy:

Refer to VMSA-2008-0014 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

References:

  • BugTraq Mailing List, Fri Aug 29 2008 - 19:08:36 CDT: VMSA-2008-0014 Updates to VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware ACE, VMware Server, VMware ESX address information disclosure, privilege escalation and other security issues..
  • VMware Web site: VMware ACE Enterprise Desktop Management, Virtual Machines - VMware.
  • BID-30937: VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) User Password Information Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2008-2101: The VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) command-line utilities in VMware ESX 3.0.1 through 3.0.3 and ESX 3.5 place a password on the command line, which allows local users to obtain sensitive information by listing the process.
  • OSVDB ID: 48254: VMware ESX / ESXi VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) Multiple Utility Command Line Cleartext Password Disclosure
  • SA31713: VMware ESX / ESXi Server Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1020794: VMware ESX VMware Consolidated Backup Utilities May Disclose Passwords to Local Users

Platforms Affected:

  • VMware ESX Server 3.0.1
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0.2
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0.3
  • VMware ESX Server 3.5

Reported:

Aug 29, 2008

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