VMware ESXi Multiple DoS (VMSA-2014-0008)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 87679
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The remote VMware ESXi host is missing a security-related patch.


The remote ESXi host is affected by multiple denial of service vulnerabilities in the glibc library :

- A buffer overflow condition exists in the extend_buffers() function in file posix/regexec.c due to improper validation of user-supplied input when handling multibyte characters in a regular expression. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via a crafted regular expression, to corrupt the memory, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2013-0242)

- A stack-based buffer overflow condition exists in the getaddrinfo() function in file posix/getaddrinfo.c due to improper validation of user-supplied input during the handling of domain conversion results. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to cause a denial of service by using a crafted host name or IP address that triggers a large number of domain conversion results. (CVE-2013-1914)


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: 87679

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2014-0008_remote.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 12/30/2015

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vsphere_detect.nbin

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/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 Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/4/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/29/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0242, CVE-2013-1914

BID: 57638, 58839

VMSA: 2014-0008