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VMware vSphere Data Protection Discloses Authentication Information to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1031114
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2014-4624   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 23 2014
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): vSphere Data Protection 5.5.x prior to 5.5.7
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware vSphere Data Protection. A remote user can obtain passwords.

A remote user can issue a Java API call to the target VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) server to obtain account credentials, including MCUser and GSAN account passwords for all grid systems that are being monitored by the VDP Enterprise Manager.

Jakub Mleczko from the Orange Poland security team reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can obtain passwords.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (5.5.7).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Security-announce] NEW VMSA-2014-0011 VMware vSphere Data Protection product update addresses a critical information disclosure vulnerability

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                   VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2014-0011
Synopsis:    VMware vSphere Data Protection product update addresses a
             critical information disclosure vulnerability.
Issue date:  2014-10-22
Updated on:  2014-10-22 (Initial Advisory)
CVE number:  CVE-2014-4624

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1. Summary

    VMware vSphere Data Protection product updates address a
    vulnerability that could lead to sensitive information disclosure.

2. Relevant releases

   VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 prior to 5.5.7

3. Problem Description

   a. VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) contains a vulnerability that
      may allow a remote user to retrieve sensitive account credentials
      from the affected VDP server using Java API calls. No
      authentication to the VDP server is required for this potential
      attack. Exposed information includes MCUser and GSAN account
      passwords of all grid systems that are being monitored in VPD
      Enterprise Manager.

      VMware would like to thank Jakub Mleczko from the Orange Poland
      security team for reporting this issue to EMC and the EMC Product
      Security Response Center for working with us on the issue.

      The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (
      has assigned the identifier CVE-2014-4624 to this issue.

      Column 4 of the following table lists the action required to
      remediate the vulnerability in each release, if a solution is

      VMware         Product	Running	Replace with/
      Product        Version	on	      Apply Patch
      =============  =======	=======	=================
      VDP            5.8        any        not affected
      VDP            5.5        any        5.5.7
      VDP            5.1        any        not affected
4. Solution
   Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version
   and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

   VMware vSphere Data Protection

5. References

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6. Change log

   2014-10-22 VMSA-2014-0011
   Initial security advisory for VDP 5.5.7 which was on released on

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7. Contact

   E-mail list for product security notifications and announcements:

   This Security Advisory is posted to the following lists:

    security-announce at
    bugtraq at
    fulldisclosure at

   E-mail: security at
   PGP key at:

   VMware Security Advisories

   VMware Security Response Policy

   VMware Lifecycle Support Phases

   Copyright 2014 VMware Inc.  All rights reserved.

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