VMware Patches Denial of Service & Memory Corruption Vulnerability

VMware Patches Denial of Service & Memory Corruption Vulnerability in Desktop, Server Virtualization Products

Critical arbitrary code execution vulnerability in Desktop, Server Virtualization Products of VMware has been patched. Giant in Visualization software vendor VMware has released security patches for its Workstation, Player, Fusion, ESXi and ESX products in order to address two vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise the host system or even crash a virtual machine completely.
Attackers could exploit this validation error by loading specially crafted checkpoint files to trigger a memory corruption and potentially execute arbitrary code on the host system. VMware advised customers to upgrade to the newly released Workstation 8.0.4, Player 4.0.4 and Fusion 4.1.3 or to install the patches available for their respective versions of ESXi and ESX.
According to VMware security advisory the more serious vulnerability is identified as CVE-2012-3288 and stems from an improper validation of input data when loading virtual machine checkpoint files.
The second vulnerability addressed by the new security updates could allow attackers to crash a virtual machine by sending malformed traffic from a remote virtual device. Remote virtual devices are devices like CD-ROMs that are made available to a virtual machine, but are physically attached to a remote computer. Traffic coming from remote virtual devices is incorrectly handled, VMware said.

-Source (VMware & PCWorld)


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