VMWare issued a warning and patch for a vulnerability in its VMware vCenter Server that maxed out the CVSS rating system by garnering a 10.0.

The issue, CVE-2020-3952, centers on the vmdir that ships with VMWare vCenter Server as it does not properly implement access controls. To exploit this vulnerability a malicious actor would have to have network access to an affected vmdir deployment giving them the ability to extract highly sensitive information which then could be used to compromise vCenter Server or other services which are dependent upon vmdir for authentication.

Satnam Narang, principal research engineer at Tenable, pointed out that VMWare listed only a limited set of vCenter Servers affected by this flaw, specifically version 6.7 upgraded from version 6.0 and 6.5. Narang also suggested that by giving the flaw a 10.0 CVSS score VMWare likely believes it is easy to exploit.

Please register to continue.

Already registered? Log in.

Once you register, you'll receive:

  • News analysis

    The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.

  • Archives

    Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.

  • Daily Newswire

    SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.

  • Learning Express

    One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.