Multiple Vulnerabilities in VMware Workspace ONE Assist Could Allow for Privilege Escalation
MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:2022-131
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in VMware Workspace ONE Assist, the most severe of which could allow for privilege escalation. VMware Workspace ONE Assist is a remote access tool used to remotely access and troubleshoot VMware devices. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for privilege escalation and possibly obtaining administrative access. Depending on the permissions associated with the user account compromised, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data.
There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.
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Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in VMware Workspace ONE Assist, the most severe of which could allow for privilege escalation. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:
Tactic: Privilege Escalation (TA0004):
Technique: Exploitation for Privilege Escalation (T1068):
- Authentication Bypass vulnerability (CVE-2022-31685)
- Broken Authentication Method vulnerability (CVE-2022-31686)
- Broken Access Control vulnerability (CVE-2022-31687)
Details of lower-severity vulnerabilities are as follows:
- Reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability (CVE-2022-31688)
- Session fixation vulnerability (CVE-2022-31689)
Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for privilege escalation and possibly obtaining administrative access. Depending on the permissions associated with the user account compromised, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data.
We recommend the following actions be taken:
- Apply appropriate updates provided by VMware to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing. (M1051: Update Software)
- Safeguard 7.1: Establish and Maintain a Vulnerability Management Process: Establish and maintain a documented vulnerability management process for enterprise assets. Review and update documentation annually, or when significant enterprise changes occur that could impact this Safeguard.
- Safeguard 7.4: Perform Automated Application Patch Management: Perform application updates on enterprise assets through automated patch management on a monthly, or more frequent, basis.
- Safeguard 7.7: Remediate Detected Vulnerabilities: Remediate detected vulnerabilities in software through processes and tooling on a monthly, or more frequent, basis, based on the remediation process.
- Safeguard 9.1: Ensure Use of Only Fully Supported Browsers and Email Clients: Ensure only fully supported browsers and email clients are allowed to execute in the enterprise, only using the latest version of browsers and email clients provided through the vendor.
- Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services. Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack. (M1026: Privileged Account Management)
- Safeguard 4.7: Manage Default Accounts on Enterprise Assets and Software: Manage default accounts on enterprise assets and software, such as root, administrator, and other pre-configured vendor accounts. Example implementations can include: disabling default accounts or making them unusable.
- Safeguard 5.4: Restrict Administrator Privileges to Dedicated Administrator Accounts: Restrict administrator privileges to dedicated administrator accounts on enterprise assets. Conduct general computing activities, such as internet browsing, email, and productivity suite use, from the user’s primary, non-privileged account.
- Restrict execution of code to a virtual environment on or in transit to an endpoint system. (M1048: Application Isolation and Sandboxing)
- Safeguard 4.1: Establish and Maintain a Secure Configuration Process: Establish and maintain a secure configuration process for enterprise assets (end-user devices, including portable and mobile, non-computing/IoT devices, and servers) and software (operating systems and applications). Review and update documentation annually, or when significant enterprise changes occur that could impact this Safeguard.
- Safeguard 16.8: Separate Production and Non-Production Systems: Maintain separate environments for production and non-production systems.
- Use capabilities to detect and block conditions that may lead to or be indicative of a software exploit occurring. (M1050: Exploit Protection)
- Safeguard 10.5: Enable Anti-Exploitation Features: Enable anti-exploitation features on enterprise assets and software, where possible, such as Microsoft® Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Windows® Defender Exploit Guard (WDEG), or Apple® System Integrity Protection (SIP) and Gatekeeper™.
- Safeguard 13.10: Performing Application Layer Filtering: Perform application layer filtering. Example implementations include a filtering proxy, application layer firewall, or gateway.
- Safeguard 9.2: Use DNS Filtering Services: Use DNS filtering services on all enterprise assets to block access to known malicious domains.
- Safeguard 9.3: Maintain and Enforce Network-Based URL Filters: Enforce and update network-based URL filters to limit an enterprise asset from connecting to potentially malicious or unapproved websites. Example implementations include category-based filtering, reputation-based filtering, or through the use of block lists. Enforce filters for all enterprise assets.
- Safeguard 9.6: Block Unnecessary File Types: Block unnecessary file types attempting to enter the enterprise’s email gateway.
- Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources. Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources. (M1017: User Training)
- Safeguard 14.1: Establish and Maintain a Security Awareness Program: Establish and maintain a security awareness program. The purpose of a security awareness program is to educate the enterprise’s workforce on how to interact with enterprise assets and data in a secure manner. Conduct training at hire and, at a minimum, annually. Review and update content annually, or when significant enterprise changes occur that could impact this Safeguard.
- Safeguard 14.2: Train Workforce Members to Recognize Social Engineering Attacks: Train workforce members to recognize social engineering attacks, such as phishing, pre-texting, and tailgating.