VMSA-2009-0003 ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 updates service console package ed Feb 27 2009 04:10AM
VMware Security team (security vmware com)
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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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Copyright 2009 VMware Inc. All rights reserved.

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