VMSA-2016-0020:vRealize Operations update addresses REST API deserialization vulnerability

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13 November 2016

13 November 2016





vRealize Operations update addresses REST API deserialization vulnerability.

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VMware Security Advisory Synopsis:
 vRealize Operations update addresses REST API deserialization vulnerability
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VMware Security Advisory Updated on:
 2016-11-15 (Initial Advisory)
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1. Summary

vRealize Operations update addresses REST API deserialization vulnerability.

2. Relevant Products
  • vRealize Operations
3. Problem Description

a. vRealize Operations REST API deserialization vulnerability


vRealize Operations contains a deserialization vulnerability in its REST API implementation. This issue may result in a Denial of Service as it allows for writing of files with arbitrary content   and moving existing files into certain folders. The name format of the destination files is predefined and their names cannot be  chosen. Overwriting files is not feasible.  


VMware would like to thank Jacob Baines of Tenable Network Security for reporting this issue to us.  


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the identifier CVE-2016-7462 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.

VMware Product
Product Version
Running on
Replace with/ Apply Patch
Mitigation/ Workaround
VMware ProductvRealize Operations
Product Version6.x
Running on Any
Replace with/ Apply Patch6.4.0
Mitigation/ WorkaroundNone
VMware ProductvRealize Operations
Product Version5.x
Running on Any
Replace with/ Apply PatchNot affected
Mitigation/ WorkaroundN/A



4. Solution


Please review the patch/release notes for your product and version and verify the checksum of your downloaded file.

vRealize Operations
Downloads and Documentation:


6. Change log


2016-11-15 VMSA-2016-0020  

Initial security advisory in conjunction with the release of  vRealize Operations 6.4 on 2016-11-15.


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