VMware Host Agent Directory Traversal (VMSA-2009-0015)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 44646
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Synopsis

A web application on the remote host has a directory traversal vulnerability.

Description

The version of VMware Host Agent (hostd) running on the remote host has a directory traversal vulnerability. The affected service runs as root. VMware ESX, VMware ESXi, and VMware Server on Linux are affected.

A remote attacker could exploit this to read arbitrary files, including guest VMs, from the system.

Solution

Apply the relevant upgrade referenced in the VMware advisory.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?c2787f95

http://fyrmassociates.com/tools/gueststealer-v1.pl

https://seclists.org/bugtraq/2009/Oct/274

https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2009-0015.html

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 44646

File Name: vmware_dir_traversal_vmsa_2009_0015.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 2/17/2010

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: vmware_hostd_detect.nasl, os_fingerprint.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.2

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:a:vmware:esx, cpe:/a:a:vmware:esxi, cpe:/a:a:vmware:server

Required KB Items: www/vmware_hostd

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Exploited by Nessus: true

Patch Publication Date: 10/27/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/27/2009

Exploitable With

CANVAS (D2ExploitPack)

Elliot (Vmware Server File Disclosure)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3733

BID: 36842

VMSA: 2009-0015

Secunia: 37186

CWE: 22