VMSA-2008-0019 : VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security issue and update bzip2

high Nessus Plugin ID 40386
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The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing one or more security-related patches.


a. Critical Memory corruption vulnerability

A memory corruption condition may occur in the virtual machine hardware. A malicious request sent from the guest operating system to the virtual hardware may cause the virtual hardware to write to uncontrolled physical memory.

VMware would like to thank Andrew Honig of the Department of Defense for reporting this issue.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-4917 to this issue.

b. Updated Service Console package bzip2

bzip2 versions before 1.0.5 can crash if certain flaws in compressed data lead to reading beyond the end of a buffer. This might cause an application linked to the libbz2 library to crash when decompressing malformed archives.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-1372 to this issue.


Apply the missing patches.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 40386

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2008-0019.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Published: 7/27/2009

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esx:2.5.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.0.2, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.0.3, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:3.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:3.5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/2/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1372, CVE-2008-4917

BID: 28286

VMSA: 2008-0019

CWE: 119, 399