VMware urges customers to patch critical AirWatch flaw

Critical vulnerability affects two of the company's Android apps

VMware

VMware has issued a security advisory for two flaws in its AirWatch enterprise mobility management suite, urging customers to update immediately.

The issues affect two of the company's Android apps: the AirWatch Agent for Android, and the AirWatch Inbox for Android.

The vulnerability in the AirWatch Agent app allows devices to bypass root detection on enrolment, potentially allowing rogue devices onto corporate networks with access to Airwatch security controls and data. The AirWatch Inbox flaw could expose confidential data to attackers.

VMware's advisory read: "Airwatch Agent for Android contains a vulnerability that may allow a device to bypass root detection during enrollment. Successful exploitation of this issue may result in an enrolled device having unrestricted access over local Airwatch security controls and data."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Both flaws have now been fixed, and updated versions are available via the Google Play store.

A VMware spokesperson said in a statement: "The issue has been remediated and the apps are available in the public app stores. VMware published this security advisory as part of our regular transparency with the market and the security ecosystem."

The news comes after VMware's 2016 financial results last week, when the company revealed it made more than $7 billion in annual revenue.

NSX was a key driver of this, with CEO Pat Gelsinger calling it a "land and expand" product, as customers purchase it for one task but end up using it more widely. NSX doubled its customer numbers, the virtualisation company said, and has now hit a run rate of $1 billion per year.

The company's acquisition by Dell as part of its merger with EMC has also spurred growth, according to Gelsinger, who said that the new ownership should add $1 billion to its revenue over time.

CFO Zane Rowe said: "This was a very good year for VMware demonstrated by strong revenue, earnings and cash flow growth".

Featured Resources

The essential guide to cloud-based backup and disaster recovery

Support business continuity by building a holistic emergency plan

Download now

Trends in modern data protection

A comprehensive view of the data protection landscape

Download now

How do vulnerabilities get into software?

90% of security incidents result from exploits against defects in software

Download now

Delivering the future of work - now

The CIO’s guide to building the unified digital workspace for today’s hybrid and multi-cloud strategies.

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/network-internet/34277/vmware-boosts-networking-portfolio-with-new-updates
Network & Internet

VMware boosts networking portfolio with new updates

27 Aug 2019
Visit/virtualisation/34268/vmware-doubles-down-on-kubernetes-and-hybrid-cloud
virtualisation

VMware doubles down on Kubernetes and hybrid cloud

27 Aug 2019
Visit/virtualisation/34265/what-to-expect-from-vmworld-us-2019
virtualisation

What to expect from VMworld US 2019

23 Aug 2019
Visit/acquisition/34256/why-vmware-is-acquiring-pivotal-and-carbon-black
Acquisition

Why VMware is acquiring Pivotal and Carbon Black

23 Aug 2019

Most Popular

Visit/cloud/microsoft-azure/354230/microsoft-not-amazon-is-going-to-win-the-cloud-wars
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft, not Amazon, is going to win the cloud wars

30 Nov 2019
Visit/cloud/amazon-web-services-aws/354223/what-to-expect-from-aws-reinvent-2019
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What to expect from AWS Re:Invent 2019

29 Nov 2019
Visit/business/business-strategy/354252/huawei-takes-the-us-trade-sanctions-into-its-own-hands
Business strategy

Huawei takes the US trade sanctions into its own hands

3 Dec 2019
Visit/hardware/354237/five-signs-that-its-time-to-retire-it-kit
Sponsored

Five signs that it’s time to retire IT kit

29 Nov 2019