VMSA-2012-0006 : VMware Workstation, ESXi, and ESX address several security issues

high Nessus Plugin ID 58535


The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing one or more security-related patches.


a. VMware ROM Overwrite Privilege Escalation A flaw in the way port-based I/O is handled allows for modifying Read-Only Memory that belongs to the Virtual DOS Machine.
Exploitation of this issue may lead to privilege escalation on Guest Operating Systems that run Windows 2000, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Server 2003 32-bit or Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit.
VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Ridgeway Internet Security, L.L.C. for reporting this issue to us.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2012-1515 to this issue.
b. ESX third-party update for Service Console kernel The ESX Service Console Operating System (COS) kernel is updated to kernel-400.2.6.18- to fix multiple security issues in the COS kernel.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2011-2482, CVE-2011-3191 and CVE-2011-4348 to these issues.
c. ESX third-party update for Service Console krb5 RPM This patch updates the krb5-libs and krb5-workstation RPMs to version 1.6.1-63.el5_7 to resolve a security issue.
By default, the affected krb5-telnet and ekrb5-telnet services do not run. The krb5 telnet daemon is an xinetd service. You can run the following commands to check if krb5 telnetd is enabled :

/sbin/chkconfig --list krb5-telnet /sbin/chkconfig --list ekrb5-telnet The output of these commands displays if krb5 telnet is enabled.
You can run the following commands to disable krb5 telnet daemon :

/sbin/chkconfig krb5-telnet off /sbin/chkconfig ekrb5-telnet off The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2011-4862 to this issue.


Apply the missing patches.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 58535

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2012-0006.nasl

Version: 1.43

Type: local

Published: 3/30/2012

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.2


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: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.2

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:A/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:/o:vmware:esx:3.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:4.0, cpe:/o:vmware:esx:4.1, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:3.5, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:4.0, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:4.1

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/29/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/25/2011

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux BSD-derived Telnet Service Encryption Key ID Buffer Overflow)

ExploitHub (EH-11-760)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-2482, CVE-2011-3191, CVE-2011-4348, CVE-2011-4862, CVE-2012-1515

BID: 49295, 49373, 51182, 51300, 51363, 51947, 52820

VMSA: 2012-0006