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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   VMware vSphere Vendors:   VMware
VMware vSphere Data Protection Default SSH Key Lets Remote Users Access the Target System with Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1037502
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1037502
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-7456   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jun 6 2017
Original Entry Date:  Dec 20 2016
Impact:   Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Data Protection 5.5.x, 5.8.x, 6.0.x, 6.1.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in VMware vSphere Data Protection. A remote user can gain access to the target system.

The system includes a private SSH key ostensibly protected with a known common password. A remote user can use the key to gain access to the target system with root privileges.

Marc Strobel aka phroxvs from HvS-Consulting reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can gain root access to the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (6.0.5, 6.1.4; for 5.5.x and 5.8.x, see vSphere Data Protection patch KB2147069).

The vendor advisory is available at:

http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0024.html

Vendor URL:  www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0024.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Authentication error

Message History:   None.


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