Patch or Perish: VMware’s vCenter Server Catches a Cold and Dishes out Digital Vitamin C

Well folks, it’s patching time again! The VMware vCenter Server vulnerability has caught a cold, with a critical flaw opening doors for remote code execution. But don’t worry, VMware is playing doctor, dishing out a fresh round of updates to shoo away this digital bug. So, roll up your sleeves and remember—it’s patch or perish!

Hot Take:

Well, it seems like our cybersecurity world drama continues with VMware in the spotlight now. This time, it’s the vCenter Server that’s caught a cold. But don’t worry, VMware is already dishing out the digital vitamin C with a fresh round of security updates. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, folks. It’s patching time again!

Key Points:

  • VMware vCenter server had a critical flaw that could potentially allow remote code execution on affected systems.
  • The vulnerability, CVE-2023-34048, is described as an out-of-bounds write issue in the DCE/RPC protocol implementation.
  • Grigory Dorodnov of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative gets the brownie points for discovering and reporting the flaw.
  • VMware has released security updates to address this issue. There are no workarounds, so patching is the only game in town.
  • A secondary vulnerability, CVE-2023-34056, has also been addressed which could lead to unauthorized data access.

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Flawed but Fixable

VMware's vCenter Server was found to be a little less virtuous than we would like, with a critical flaw that could allow bad actors to remotely execute code on affected systems. This isn't exactly the kind of remote working anyone is looking for.

The Man Behind the Curtain

Kudos to Grigory Dorodnov of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative for putting on his detective hat and uncovering this digital miscreant. Without such vigilant cyber sleuths, who knows where we'd be?

No Workaround Wonderland

VMware has confirmed that there are no workarounds for this issue. So, it's patch or perish, folks. They've released updates for vCenter Server 8.0, 7.0, and Cloud Foundation 5.x and 4.x.

The Second Coming

But wait, there's more! A secondary vulnerability, CVE-2023-34056, was also discovered which could potentially let a naughty non-admin access unauthorized data. This one has also been patched, so make sure to double-up on your updates.

Better Safe than Sorry

Though VMware is not aware of any real-world exploit of these vulnerabilities yet, they've advised customers to act swiftly and apply the patches as soon as possible. Because in the world of cybersecurity, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Tags: DCE/RPC protocol, Information Disclosure Vulnerability, Remote Code Execution, security updates, Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative, vCenter Server, VMware