VMware Confirms Source Code Leak

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Top virtualization provider VMware recently faced a security breach revealing a limited amount of its source code from its VMware ESX platform, one of the company’s hypervisor IT solutions.

The move was carried out by a hacker known as “Hardcore Charlie” who claimed responsibility for the leak, according to a report posted on the Kaspersky Lab Security News Service. Despite the move, the data was not obtained directly from VMware. Instead, the hacker allegedly took the route of extracting 300MB of the source code from an unnamed Chinese company.

The virtualization provider regularly gives its source code to company partners, providing for what it referred to as “the broad virtualization ecosystem today” in a press release when acknowledging the leak Tuesday.

According to Wired.com, the data’s content was revealed via Pastebin.com, a site that has become a popular forum for hacking groups including Anonymous and Lulzsec.

Despite the matter, the threat posed by the data leak may not be too major. While admitting that it takes matters such as these seriously, VMware said it didn’t necessarily mean the leak posed harm for its customers. To view VMware’s statement concerning the matter, visit the company’s blog here (blogs.vmware.com).