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VMSA-2006-0002 - VMware Server sensitive information lifetime issue
From: VMware Security Team <security () vmware com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2006 19:30:42 -0700

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                   VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID:       VMSA-2006-0002
Synopsis:          VMware Server sensitive information lifetime issue
Advisory URL:      http://www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2124
Issue date:        2006-06-01
Updated on:        2006-06-01
CVE Name:          CVE-2006-2662
Bugzilla Number:   pr98108
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1. Summary:

VMware Server doesn't limit the lifetime of sensitive data.  

VMware has rated the severity of this issue as a Priority 3 issue 
according to Vmware's Security Response Policy.

2. Relevant release:

VMware Server prior to RC-1.

3. Problem description:

When a console connection is made using VMware Server, user 
credentials are kept in memory.  In order for the attacker to 
obtain information, they must have local access to the system 
and read access to the memory, or access to memory crash 
information.

This is only a danger if the attacker already has privileged 
access to your system.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2006-2662 to this issue.  

4. Solution:

Upgrade to the latest packages: http://www.vmware.com/download/server/

7. References:

The VMware Server product page at:
http://www.vmware.com/products/server/

Understanding Data Lifetime via Whole System Simulation at:
http://www.stanford.edu/~blp/papers/taint.pdf

8. Acknowledgments

VMware would like to thank Bart Vanautgaerden for reporting this issue.

9. Contact:

http://www.vmware.com/security

The VMware Security Response Policy
http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/security_response.html

Copyright 2006 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

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