Urgent Alert: Patch Your VMware vCenter Server Now to Prevent Major Security Breach VMSA-2024-0012!

Attention all VMware users! There’s a crucial patch for VMware vCenter Server you need to be aware of right now. This patch addresses significant vulnerabilities, so updating your vCenter Server is essential. I’ve already navigated the patching process and am here to guide you through it. We’ll start by examining the VMware vCenter Server critical patch VMSA-2024-0012 and the CVEs it includes, followed by the step-by-step process to apply this vital update. Stay secure and patch immediately!

Key Vulnerabilities Identified

  1. Heap-Overflow Vulnerabilities (CVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-37080)
    • These vulnerabilities can lead to remote code execution, enabling attackers to execute arbitrary code on the affected systems. This can result in unauthorized access and control over critical system functions.
  2. Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVE-2024-37081)
    • This vulnerability allows attackers to escalate their privileges to the root level, providing them with full control over the compromised system. Such escalation can lead to severe security breaches and data loss.

Impact and Importance of Addressing These Vulnerabilities

The identified vulnerabilities can have far-reaching impacts, including data breaches, unauthorized access, and complete system compromise. Organizations using affected versions of VMware vCenter Server and VMware Cloud Foundation are strongly urged to take immediate action.

Recommended Actions

To mitigate these vulnerabilities, Broadcom has provided a comprehensive response matrix detailing the necessary updates. It is crucial for organizations to:

  • Update Affected Versions:

Response Matrix:

VMware ProductVersionRunning OnCVECVSSv3SeverityFixed VersionWorkaroundsAdditional Documentation
vCenter Server 8.0AnyCVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-37080, CVE-2024-370819.89.87.8Critical8.0 U2dNoneFAQ
vCenter Server 8.0AnyCVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-370809.89.8Critical8.0 U1eNoneFAQ
vCenter Server7.0AnyCVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-37080, CVE-2024-370819.89.87.8Critical7.0 U3rNoneFAQ

Impacted Product Suites that Deploy Response Matrix 3a and 3b Components:

VMware ProductVersionRunning OnCVECVSSv3SeverityFixed VersionWorkaroundsAdditional Documentation
Cloud Foundation (vCenter Server)5.xAnyCVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-37080, CVE-2024-370819.89.87.8CriticalKB88287NoneFAQ
Cloud Foundation (vCenter Server)4.xAnyCVE-2024-37079, CVE-2024-37080, CVE-2024-370819.89.87.8CriticalKB88287NoneFAQ

No Workarounds Available

Broadcom has explicitly stated that there are no viable workarounds for these vulnerabilities. This underscores the importance of applying the recommended updates without delay to ensure system security and integrity.


The VMware vCenter Server VMSA-2024-0012 critical patch addresses a severe vulnerability that necessitates immediate installation. The patching process is straightforward (I will make a video and share it on my Youtube channel soon) if you use common sense and ensure you have a snapshot of your vCenter Server appliance. Additionally, consider pausing or understanding the impact on other connected solutions before restarting vCenter Server services. Prompt action is essential to maintain security and functionality

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