VMware vCenter Server Arbitrary File Upload (VMSA-2021-0020)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 153889
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A virtualization management application installed on the remote host is affected by a arbitrary file upload vulnerability.


An arbitrary file upload vulnerability exists in vCenter Server. An unauthenticated, remote attacker with network access to port 443 on vCenter Server may exploit this issue to execute code on vCenter Server by uploading a specially crafted file.


Upgrade to VMware vCenter Server 7.0 U2c or later or apply the workaround mentioned in the advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 153889

File Name: vmware_vcenter_cve-2021-22005.nbin

Version: 1.8

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 10/6/2021

Updated: 12/20/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vcenter_detect.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-22005


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#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: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:vmware:vcenter_server:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: Host/VMware/release, Host/VMware/version, Host/VMware/vCenter

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/21/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/21/2021

Exploitable With

Metasploit (VMware vCenter Server Analytics (CEIP) Service File Upload)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-22005

IAVA: 2021-A-0434