A critical vulnerability affecting VMware Aria Automation and VMware Cloud Foundation can be exploited by attackers to gain access to remote organizations and workflows, VMware has warned.
Patches are available and VMware recommends upgrading to VMware Aria Automation 8.16.
VMware Aria Automation is a multi-cloud infrastructure automation platform, and is included in the VMware Cloud Foundation hybrid cloud platform.
It affects all Aria Automation versions prior to v8.16 and VMware Cloud Foundation versions 5.x and 4.x. It does not affect VMware vCenter Server, VMware ESXi, Aria Orchestrator, or Aria Automation Cloud.
“If you choose a different version instead of upgrading to version 8.16, it is important to note that the only supported upgrade path after applying the patch is to version 8.16. VMware strongly recommends this version. If you upgrade to an intermediate version, the vulnerability will be reintroduced, requiring an additional round of patching.”
There are no workarounds available, but VMware says that depending on their security posture, defense-in-depth strategies, and the configurations of perimeter and appliance firewalls, organizations might implement some mitigations and compensating controls.