VMSA-2009-0006 : VMware Hosted products and patches for ESX and ESXi resolve a critical security vulnerability

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The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing a security-related patch.


a. Host code execution vulnerability from a guest operating system

A critical vulnerability in the virtual machine display function might allow a guest operating system to run code on the host.

This issue is different from the vulnerability in a guest virtual device driver reported in VMware security advisory VMSA-2009-0005 on 2009-04-03. That vulnerability can cause a potential denial of service and is identified by CVE-2008-4916.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2009-1244 to this issue.


Apply the missing patch.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 40391

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2009-0006.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Published: 7/27/2009

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 8.1

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: 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 Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/10/2009

Exploitable With


ExploitHub (EH-14-757)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1244

VMSA: 2009-0006