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VMware Confirms Exploit Code Released for Critical vRealize Logging Vulnerabilities

VMware confirms the publication of exploit code and urged VMware vRealize Log Insight users to implement mitigations immediately.


The urgency to patch a trio of dangerous security flaws in a VMware virtual appliance product escalated this week after exploit code was published on the internet.

VMware confirmed the publication of exploit code in an update to its VMSA-2023-0001 bulletin and called on customers using its VMware vRealize Log Insight product to implement mitigations as a matter of urgency.

The vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2022-31706, CVE-2022-31704 and CVE-2022-31710, are rated critical with CVSS severity scores of 9.8 out of 10.

The security defects affect users of its VMware vRealize Log Insight and could be exploited by an unauthenticated attacker to take full control of a target system.

VMware described the flaws as directory traversal and broken access control issues with dangerous implications and warned that “an unauthenticated, malicious actor can inject files into the operating system of an impacted appliance which can result in remote code execution.”

The bulletin update follows the publication of a technical deep-dive by automated penetration testing firm that included demo exploit code. The company also released IOCs (indicators of compromise) to help defenders hunt for signs of compromise.

VMware’s VRealize Log Insight is a log collection and analytics virtual appliance used by administrators to collect, view, manage and analyze syslog data.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

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