VMware vCenter 4.0/4.1 cryptographic issues

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in VMware vCenter 4.0/4.1 (Server Management Software). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a cryptographic issues vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-310. As an impact it is known to affect integrity. The summary by CVE is:

The self-extracting installer in the vSphere Client Installer package in VMware vCenter 4.0 before Update 3 and 4.1 before Update 1, VMware ESXi 4.x before 4.1 Update 1, and VMware ESX 4.x before 4.1 Update 1 does not have a digital signature, which might make it easier for remote attackers to spoof the software distribution via a Trojan horse installer.

The weakness was presented 05/09/2011 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at vmware.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2011-1789. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1600 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 53840 (VMSA-2011-0008 : VMware vCenter Server and vSphere Client security vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family VMware ESX Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 4.0 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (67306), Vulnerability Center (SBV-31445) and Tenable (53840). See 57402 and 57397 for similar entries.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.1

VulDB Base Score: 5.3
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Class: Cryptographic issues
CWE: CWE-310
ATT&CK: T1600

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 53840
Nessus Name: VMSA-2011-0008 : VMware vCenter Server and vSphere Client security vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: vCenter 4.0


04/19/2011 🔍
05/05/2011 +16 days 🔍
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03/23/2015 +1408 days 🔍
11/07/2021 +2421 days 🔍


Vendor: vmware.com

Advisory: vmware.com
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CVE: CVE-2011-1789 (🔍)

X-Force: 67306
Vulnerability Center: 31445 - VMware vCenter, ESXi, and ESX vSphere Client Installer Package Allows Remote Spoofing, Medium
SecurityFocus: 47744 - VMware vSphere Client Installer Package Digital Signature Security Weakness

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20060413
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Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 11/07/2021 08:10 AM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (58), 03/22/2017 09:53 AM (8), 11/07/2021 08:08 AM (4), 11/07/2021 08:10 AM (1)
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