Executive Summary

This Alert is flagged as TOP 25 Common Weakness Enumeration from CWE/SANS. For more information, you can read this.
Title- VMware Photon OS OVA default public ssh key
NameVMSA-2016-0012First vendor Publication2016-08-15
VendorVMwareLast vendor Modification2016-08-15
Severity (Vendor) N/ARevisionN/A

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score9.3Attack RangeNetwork
Cvss Impact Score10Attack ComplexityMedium
Cvss Expoit Score8.6AuthenticationNone Required
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a. VMware Photon OS OVA default public ssh key

A public ssh key used in the Photon OS build environment was inadvertently left in the original Photon OS 1.0 OVAs. This issue would have allowed anyone with the corresponding private key to access any Photon OS system built from the original 1.0 OVAs.

The issue was discovered internally and the original OVAs have been replaced by updated OVAs. All instances of the corresponding private key have been deleted within VMware.

Customers that have downloaded a Photon OS 1.0 OVA before August 14, 2016 should review the Photon OS OVAs release notes for the workaround or should download a new OVA and replace all existing instances with new instances built from the updated Photon OS 1.0 OVAs.

This issue is only present in the original Photon OS 1.0 OVAs and is not present in other Photon OS deliverables.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-5333 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.

Original Source

Url : http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2016-0012.html

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

100 %CWE-798Use of Hard-coded Credentials (CWE/SANS Top 25)

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration


Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

2016-02-15Name : The remote OracleVM host is missing one or more security updates.
File : oraclevm_OVMSA-2016-0012.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO

Alert History

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2016-08-31 21:27:37
  • Multiple Updates
2016-08-31 09:25:16
  • Multiple Updates
2016-08-16 09:19:15
  • First insertion