VMware vCenter Server RCE (direct check)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 146825
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The remote VMware vCenter Server host is missing a security patch and is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The vSphere Client (HTML5) contains a remote code execution vulnerability in a vCenter Server plugin. A malicious actor with network access to port 443 may exploit this issue to execute commands with unrestricted privileges on the underlying operating system that hosts vCenter Server. This affects VMware vCenter Server (7.x before 7.0 U1c, 6.7 before 6.7 U3l and 6.5 before 6.5 U3n) and VMware Cloud Foundation (4.x before 4.2 and 3.x before


Apply the appropriate patch as referenced in the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 146825

File Name: vmware_vcenter_cve-2021-21972.nbin

Version: 1.11

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 2/25/2021

Updated: 11/30/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vcenter_detect.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-21972


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:F/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:vcenter_server

Required KB Items: Host/VMware/vCenter

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/23/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/23/2021

Exploitable With

Metasploit (VMware vCenter Server Unauthenticated OVA File Upload RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-21972

IAVA: 2021-A-0109