VMware Security Advisory

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

1. Summary
vRealize Operations updates address a local privilege escalation
vulnerability

2. Relevant Products
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 machine where vROps is installed.

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

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

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) 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           Replace with/   Mitigation
Product       Version on      Severity  Apply patch     Workaround
============= ======= ======= ========= ==============  ==========
vROps         7.x      VA    Important 7.0.0.11287810    None
vROps         6.7.x    VA    Important 6.7.0.11286837    None
vROps         6.6.x    VA    Important 6.6.1.11286876    None

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

vRealize Operations 7.0.0.11287810
Downloads and Documentation:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details
?downloadGroup=VROPS-700&productId=788&rPId=26497

vRealize Operations 6.7.0.11286837
Downloads and Documentation:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details
?downloadGroup=VROPS-670&productId=735&rPId=22153

vRealize Operations 6.6.1.11286876
Downloads and Documentation:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details
?downloadGroup=VROPS-661&productId=656&rPId=21231

5. References

https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-6978

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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.

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