VMware ESXi Multiple OpenSSL Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2014-0006)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 87678
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The remote VMware ESXi host is missing a security-related patch.


The remote VMware ESXi host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL third-party library :

- A use-after-free error exists in the ssl3_read_bytes() function in file ssl/s3_pkt.c that is triggered when a second read is done to the function by multiple threads when SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS is enabled. A man-in-the-middle attacker can exploit this to dereference already freed memory and inject arbitrary data into the SSL stream. (CVE-2010-5298)

- A NULL pointer dereference flaw exists in the do_ssl3_write() function in file ssl/s3_pkt.c due to a failure to properly manage a buffer pointer during certain recursive calls when SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS is enabled. A remote attacker can exploit this, by triggering an alert condition, to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2014-0198)

- A flaw exists due to a failure to properly restrict processing of ChangeCipherSpec messages. A man-in-the-middle attacker can exploit this, via a crafted TLS handshake, to force the use of a zero-length master key in certain OpenSSL-to-OpenSSL communications, resulting in the session being hijacked and sensitive information being disclosed. (CVE-2014-0224)

- A NULL pointer dereference flaw exists in the ssl3_send_client_key_exchange() function in file s3_clnt.c, when an anonymous ECDH cipher suite is used, that allows a remote attacker to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3470)


Apply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory that pertains to ESXi version 5.0 / 5.1 / 5.5.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 87678

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2014-0006_remote.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 12/30/2015

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vsphere_detect.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-0224


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.8

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:5.0, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:5.1, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi:5.5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/9/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/11/2014

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-5298, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-3470

BID: 66801, 67193, 67898, 67899

VMSA: 2014-0006

CERT: 978508