ESA-2015-006: EMC Avamar Missing Certificate Validation- Vulnerability

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ESA-2015-006: EMC Avamar Missing Certificate Validation Vulnerability

EMC Identifier: ESA-2015-006
CVE Identifier:  CVE-2014-4632 

Severity Rating: CVSSv2 Base Score: 7.9 (AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected products: 
       EMC Avamar Data Store (ADS) and Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) 6.x and 7.0.x.

EMC Avamar contains a security vulnerability that may potentially be leveraged by a malicious user to obtain sensitive information when performing a backup or restore operation relating to the vCenter Server.

EMC Avamar VMware image and File Level Restore  (FLR) proxies do not verify SSL certificates properly when presented by vCenter and may be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. This vulnerability may potentially be exploited to obtain sensitive information when performing backup and restore operations relating to the vCenter Server.

Customers can apply one of the following resolutions:

   Upgrade the proxy to EMC Avamar proxy client 7.1.101-141 and apply Hotfix 222547
      Upgrade the proxy to EMC Avamar proxy client 7.1.100-370 and apply Hotfix 222536
      Upgrade the proxy to EMC Avamar proxy client 7.0.102-47 and apply HotFix 222535
       If the EMC Avamar proxy client is already at 7.0.102-43, then apply hotfix 222535, which is compatible with either proxy client versions 7.0.102-43 or 7.0.102-47

EMC would like to thank Thorsten Tllmann (researcher at KIT, Germany) and KIT-CERT for reporting this issue.

Link to remedies:
See for remedy instructions. 
For any questions regarding this advisory please contact EMC customer support at 

Read and use the information in this EMC Security Advisory to assist in avoiding any situation that might arise from the problems described herein. If you have any questions regarding this product alert, contact EMC Software Technical Support at 1-877-534-2867. 

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