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The Configuration Program vmware-config Might Set Incorrect Permissions on SSL Key Files (2467205)
In /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl, code sets permissions on the key and certificate files to safe values. However, this script does not use the safe_chmod() subroutine that reports errors on failure. Instead, it uses the native Perl chmod() function without any return code checking. Because the safe_chmod() subroutine is not used and no return code checks are performed, the user is not alerted if chmod() fails. If umask is used at the time, the result might leave the key file readable to any local user on the system.
Note: In ESX Server 2.5.x, the affected files include /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl and /usr/bin/vmware-config-mui.pl.
Manually change the permissions on the key and certificate to their intended values. The following commands are appropriate on a default installation:
# chmod 444 /etc/vmware/ssl/rui.crt
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