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VMSA-2009-0003 ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 updates service console package ed
From: VMware Security team <security () vmware com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:10:43 -0800

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                   VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID:       VMSA-2009-0003
Synopsis:          ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 updates service console package ed
Issue date:        2009-01-26
Updated on:        2009-01-26 (initial release of advisory)
CVE numbers:       CVE-2008-3916
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1. Summary

   ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 Build 142708 updates service console package ed

2. Relevant releases

   VMware ESX 2.5.5 before patch 12

   Extended support for ESX 2.5.5 ends on 2010-06-15.  Users should plan
   to upgrade to ESX 3.0.3 and preferably to the newest release
   available.

3. Problem Description

 a. Updated ESX patch updates Service Console package ed

    ed is a line-oriented text editor, used to create, display, and
    modify text files (both interactively and via shell scripts).

    A heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in the way ed, the GNU
    line editor, processed long file names. An attacker could create a
    file with a specially-crafted name that could possibly execute an
    arbitrary code when opened in the ed editor.

    The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Project (cve.mitre.org)
    has assigned the name CVE-2008-3916 to this issue.

    The following table lists what action remediates the vulnerability
    (column 4) if a solution is available.

    VMware         Product   Running  Replace with/
    Product        Version   on       Apply Patch
    =============  ========  =======  =================
    VirtualCenter  any       Windows  not affected

    hosted *       any       any      not affected

    ESXi           3.5       ESXi     not affected

    ESX            3.5       ESX      not affected
    ESX            3.0.3     ESX      not affected
    ESX            3.0.2     ESX      not affected
    ESX            2.5.5     ESX      Upgrade Patch 12

    * hosted products are VMware Workstation, Player, ACE, Server, Fusion.

4. Solution

   Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version
   and verify the md5sum of your downloaded file.

   ESX 2.5.5 Upgrade Patch 12 Build 142709
   www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/esx-255-142709-patch.html
   http://download3.vmware.com/software/esx/esx-2.5.5-142709-upgrade.tar.gz
   md5sum: 2a0bd5cc3591b1f6b04616fa2c97f78c

5. References

   CVE numbers
   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3916

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6. Change log

2009-02-20  VMSA-2009-0003
Initial security advisory after release of patch 12 for ESX 2.5.5
on 2009-02-20.

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  * full-disclosure at lists.grok.org.uk

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Copyright 2009 VMware Inc.  All rights reserved.

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