ESB-2018.3919 - [Win][UNIX/Linux][Virtual] vRealize Operations: Root compromise - Existing account 2018-12-19

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                             19 December 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           vRealize Operations
Publisher:         VMWare
Operating System:  Virtualisation
                   UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:     Root Compromise -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2018-6978  

Original Bulletin:

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vRealize Operations updates address a local privilege escalation vulnerability

VMware Security Advisory

VMware Security Advisory Advisory ID: VMSA-2018-0031
VMware Security Advisory Severity: Important
VMware Security Advisory Synopsis: vRealize Operations updates address a local
                                   privilege escalation vulnerability
VMware Security Advisory Issue date: 2018-12-18
VMware Security Advisory Updated on: 2018-12-18 (Initial Advisory)
VMware Security Advisory CVE numbers: CVE-2018-6978

1. Summary

vRealize Operations updates address a local privilege escalation vulnerability

2. Relevant Products

  o vRealize Operations (vROps)

3. Problem Description

Privilege escalation vulnerability in support scripts

vROps contains a local privilege escalation vulnerability due to improper
permissions of support scripts. Admin** user of the vROps application with
shell access may exploit this issue to elevate the privileges to root on a
vROps machine.

**The admin user (non-sudoer) should not be confused with root of the vROps

VMware would like to thank Alessandro Zanni, pentester at OVH for reporting
this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned
the identifier CVE-2018-6978 to this issue.

Column 5 of the following table lists the action required to remediate the
vulnerability in each release, if a solution is available.

  VMware      Product   Running Severity  Replace with/ Apply    Mitigation/
  Product     Version     on                     Patch           Workaround
vROps       7.x         VA      Important      None
vROps       6.7.x       VA      Important      None
vROps       6.6.x       VA      Important      None

4. Solution

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

vRealize Operations
Downloads and Documentation:

vRealize Operations
Downloads and Documentation:

vRealize Operations
Downloads and Documentation:

5. References

6. Change log

VMSA-2018-0031 2018-12-18
Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of vROps 6.6.x, 6.7.x
and 7.x patches on 2018-12-18.

7. Contact

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