VMware ESXi Tools Guest OS Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2014-0005)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 87677
SynopsisThe remote VMware ESXi host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionThe remote VMware ESXi host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability due to a NULL pointer dereference flaw in VMware Tools running on Microsoft Windows 8.1. An attacker on an adjacent network can exploit this issue to gain elevated privileges within the guest operating system or else cause the guest operating system to crash.
SolutionApply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory that pertains to ESXi version 5.0 / 5.1 / 5.5.