[Security-announce] NEW VMSA-2016-0018 VMware product updates address local privilege escalation vulnerability in linux kernel

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                           VMware Security Advisory

Advisory ID: VMSA-2016-0018
Severity:    Important
Synopsis:    VMware product updates address local privilege escalation
            vulnerability in Linux kernel
Issue date:  2016-11-09
Updated on:  2016-11-09 (Initial Advisory)
CVE number:  CVE-2016-5195

1. Summary

   VMware product updates address local privilege escalation
   vulnerability in Linux kernel.


2. Relevant Products

   VMware Identity Manager
   vRealize Automation
   vRealize Operations

3. Problem Description

   Local privilege escalation vulnerability in Linux kernel

   The Linux kernel which ships with the base operating system of VMware
   Appliances contains a race condition in the way its memory subsystem
   handles copy-on-write (aka “Dirty COW”). Successful exploitation of
   the vulnerability may allow for local privilege escalation. The
   product lines listed in this advisory have been confirmed to be
   affected.

   VMware product lines that are not affected are documented in VMware
   Knowledge Base article 2147515.

   The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
   assigned the identifier CVE-2016-5195 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/  Mitigations/

   Product     Version    on       Severity   Apply patch    Workarounds
   ==========  =========  =======  =========  =============  ==========
   Identity    2.x        VA       Important  patch pending  None
   Manager

   vRealize    7.x        VA       Important  patch pending  None
   Automation
   vRealize    6.x        VA       Important  patch pending  None
   Automation

   vRealize    6.3.0      VA       Important  KB2147630      None
   Operations
   vRealize    6.2.1      VA       Important  KB2147668      None
   Operations
   vRealize    6.2.0a     VA       Important  KB2147667      None
   Operations
   vRealize    6.1.0      VA       Important  KB2147666      None
   Operations
   vRealize    6.0.3      VA       Important  KB2147664      None
   Operatio
   vRealize    6.x        Windows  N/A        not affected   N/A
   Operations
   vRealize    6.x        Linux    N/A        not affected   N/A
   Operations
   vRealize    5.x        VA       Important  patch pending  None
   Operations
   vRealize    5.x        Windows  N/A        not affected   N/A
   Operations
   vRealize    5.x        Linux    N/A        not affected   N/A
   Operations

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:
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147630
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147668
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147667
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147666
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147664

5. References

   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-5195
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147515
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147630
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147668
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147667
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147666
   https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147664

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6. Change log

   2016-11-09 VMSA-2016-0018 Initial security advisory in conjunction
   with the release of vROps patches on 2016-11-09.

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