VMware ESXi and ESX address an NFC Protocol Unhandled Exception

Published: 2013-08-30
Last Updated: 2013-08-30 12:21:27 UTC
by Kevin Liston (Version: 2)
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VMware recently released Security Advisorty VMSA-2013-0011 addressing an NFC protocol vulnerability affecting ESXi and EXI (CVE-2013-1661.)  Details are available at https://www.vmware.com/support/support-resources/advisories/VMSA-2013-0011.html

The NFC (Near Field Communication) Protocol is used in tap-to-pay cards and sharing contacts between mobile devices.  This vulnerability exposes the hypervisor to a denial-of-service.

UPDATE: NFC in this case refers to Network File Copy.  Which makes a lot more sense, I was wondering how you'd tap two VMs together. Thank you sine nomine.

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Seems like the NFC is actually Network File Copy rather than Near Field Communication in this case.
TLA soup anyone?
NFC; Network File Copy; is a proprietary VMware protocol used to transfer virtual disk data between hosts, vCenter, and ESXi clients. Nothing to do with Near Field Communications.


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