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EMC Avamar Client for VMware Discloses Server Password to Local Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1027705
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-4610   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 29 2012
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Client for VMware 6.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in EMC Avamar Client for VMware. A local user can obtain the target server's root password.

The Avamar VMWare proxy client stores the Avamar Server root user password in plain text. A local user can obtain the password. Then, a remote user can gain root access on the target Avamar server.

Impact:   A local user can obtain the target server's root password and gain access to the target server.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (EMC Avamar Client for VMware hotfix 40843).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (FreeBSD), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Open UNIX-SCO), UNIX (macOS/OS X), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  EMC Avamar Client for VMware Sensitive Information Disclosure Vulnerability

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ESA-2012-053:  EMC Avamar Client for VMware Sensitive Information Disclosure Vulnerability  

EMC Identifier: ESA-2012-053

CVE Identifier: CVE-2012-4610

Severity Rating: CVSS v2 Base Score: 8.3 (AV:A/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected Products:

EMC Avamar Client for VMware 6.1

Vulnerability Summary:

Vulnerability exists in EMC Avamar Client for VMware v6.1 that may lead to sensitive information disclosure.

Vulnerability Details:

The Avamar Server root user password is stored in plain text on Avamar VMWare proxy client. This could allow a malicious user with network access to proxy client and Avamar Server to gain privileged access to the Avamar server.

Problem Resolution:

EMC Avamar Client for VMware hotfix 40843 contains the resolution to this issue. 

The hotfix can be applied to proxies running the following software versions:

EMC Avamar Client for VMware 6.1.100-333
EMC Avamar Client for VMware 6.1.100-402

EMC strongly recommends all customers upgrade at the earliest opportunity and change the existing Avamar Server root user passwords.  Refer to EMC Knowledgebase solution for more details.

Link to Remedies:

To schedule platform security patch installation, contact EMC Avamar Customer Support:  

Read and use the information in this EMC Security Advisory to assist in avoiding any situation that might arise from the problems described herein. If you have any questions regarding this product alert, contact EMC Software Technical Support at 1-877-534-2867.

Because the view is restricted based on customer agreements, you may not have permission to view certain downloads. Should you not see a software download you believe you should have access to, follow the instructions in EMC Knowledgebase solution emc116045.

For an explanation of Severity Ratings, refer to EMC Knowledgebase solution emc218831. EMC recommends all customers take into account both the base score and any relevant temporal and environmental scores which may impact the potential severity associated with particular security vulnerability.

EMC Corporation distributes EMC Security Advisories, in order to bring to the attention of users of the affected EMC products, important security information. EMC recommends that all users determine the applicability of this information to their individual situations and take appropriate action. The information set forth herein is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. EMC disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. In no event, shall EMC or its suppliers, be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages, even if EMC or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, so the foregoing limitation may not apply.

EMC Product Security Response Center

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