New VMware network technical papers published

Network Segmentation in Virtualized Environments

As virtualization becomes the standard infrastructure for server deployments, a growing number of organizations want to consolidate servers that belong to different trust zones. The demand is increasing for information to help network security professionals understand and mitigate the risks associated with this practice. This paper provides detailed descriptions of three different virtualized trust zone configurations and identifies best practice approaches that enable secure deployment.

DMZ Virtualization Using VMware vSphere 4 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch

This paper tackles the subject of DMZ security and virtualization. It covers a number of DMZ security requirements and scenarios, presenting how vSphere users can implement the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch in a DMZ.

VMware Security Advisory 2009-0008

VMware has released security advisory VMSA-2009-0008. The advisory is for a vulnerability in an MIT Kerberos 5 package in the service console. The advisory explains:

An input validation flaw in the asn1_decode_generaltime function in MIT Kerberos 5 before 1.6.4 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code via vectors involving an invalid DER encoding that triggers a free of an uninitialized pointer. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash a network service using the MIT Kerberos library, such as kadmind or krb5kdc, by causing it to dereference or free an uninitialized pointer or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the service.
NOTE: ESX by default is unaffected by this issue, the daemons kadmind and krb5kdc are not installed in ESX.

The advisory goes on to state that all currently supported version of ESX (not ESXi) are affected.
For ESX 3.5 the patch: ESX 3.5.0 ESX350-200906407-SG
md5sum: 6b8079430b0958abbf77e944a677ac6b
KB Article: VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906407-BG: Updates krb5-libs and pam_krb5

For ESX 2.5.5, 3.0.2, 3.0.3 and 4.0 patches are pending.

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