Vulnerabilities In vSphere Data Protection Can Lead To Hack

Vulnerabilities In vSphere Data Protection Can Lead To Hack

A cybersecurity advisory was issued Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, regarding several vulnerabilities in VMware vSphere Data Protection that could allow for remote code execution. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a breach.

What It Is:
VMware vSphere Data Protection is a virtual appliance for backup and recovery integrated with vSphere suite and included with the Essential Plus license. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker executing remote code in the context of the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

See the original VMware Security Advisory.

Threat Intelligence:
There have been no reports of this vulnerability being exploited in the wild.

What It Means:
If your business or organization uses vSphere Data Protection, you will need to install the appropriate patches after testing to prevent a possible security breach.

Systems Affected Include:
• vSphere Data Protection 6.1 prior to 6.1.10
• vSphere Data Protection 6.0 prior to 6.0.9

Risk:
Government:
• Large and medium government entities: High
• Small government entities: High
Businesses:
• Large and medium business entities: Medium
• Small business entities: Medium
Home users: N/A

Technical Summary:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution. The details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:

• A vulnerability in vSphere Data Protection could allow for the execution of arbitrary code on the server (CVE-2018-11066).
• A vulnerability in vSphere Data Protection could allow for the redirection of application users to arbitrary web URLs by tricking the victims to click on maliciously crafted links (CVE-2018-11067).
• An OS command injection vulnerability in ‘getlogs' troubleshooting utility in vSphere Data Protection could allow for an administrative user to execute arbitrary commands (CVE-2018-11076).
• An information exposure vulnerability in vSphere Data Protection Java management client package could allow the SSL/TLS private key to be leaked (CVE-2018-11077).

What To Do:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

• Apply appropriate patches provided by VMware to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
• Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
• Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services

Negative Consequences of Lost or Stolen Data Include:
The loss or theft of proprietary data can have severe impacts, particularly if the compromise becomes public and sensitive information is exposed. Possible impacts include:

• Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information.
• Disruption to regular operations.
• Financial losses incurred to restore systems and files.
• Potential harm to an organization’s reputation.

Should your agency or business need assistance with the detection of vulnerabilities in any of the above products or updates to include patches, Dox can help. Please contact Dox if there is anything we can do to assist in securing your agency, business, or organization.

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