The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned of several vulnerabilities recently identified and patched by VMware affecting a variety of the company’s products.
VMware released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in VMware’s Workspace ONE Access, Access Connector, Identity Manager, Identity Manager Connector, and vRealize Automation.
“A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system,” CISA said.
In a release from VMware, the company said the vulnerabilities had CVSS scores ranging from 4.7 to 9.8 — a CVSS score of 10 is used for the most critical vulnerabilities. The issues were discovered by researchers from VNG Security, Rapid7, Qihoo 360 Vulnerability Research Institute and Secura.
I have found vulnerabilities CVE-2022-31656 and CVE-2022-31659 leading to unauthenticated remote code execution affecting many #VMware products, such as Workspace ONE. Technical writeup and POC soon to follow.— Petrus Viet (@VietPetrus) August 2, 2022
Recommend to patch or mitigate immediately.https://t.co/DnknXFieY3 pic.twitter.com/Uu1LQmb0fQ
The most serious vulnerability – CVE-2022-31656 – affects VMware Workspace ONE Access, Identity Manager and vRealize Automation.
Tenable senior research engineer Claire Tills told The Record CVE-2022-31656 is particularly concerning as an attacker could use this flaw to bypass authentication and gain administrative access.
“This urgency is compounded by the fact that a proof-of-concept is forthcoming from the researcher who discovered the flaw,” Tillis said, noting that the prevalence of attacks targeting VMware vulnerabilities make patching CVE-2022-31656 a priority.
“As an authentication bypass, exploitation of this flaw opens up the possibility that attackers could create very troubling exploit chains. In this same release, VMware patched three authenticated flaws that could be paired with CVE-2022-31656 to achieve remote code execution.”
The issue is the only in the group of vulnerabilities disclosed that VMware provided a workaround solution for. But VMware noted that the workaround is only a temporary solution and will result in loss of certain functionality, urging users to apply the patches provided.
VMware said it was not aware of active exploitation of any of the vulnerabilities spotlighted in the updates.
Bud Broomhead, CEO at security company Viakoo, said the issues would affect a large number of users, noting that VMware Workspace ONE users include the U.S. Senate, Walmart, Verizon, Centene, and many other well-known organizations.