VMware ESX / ESXi Tools Folder Incorrect ACL Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2012-0007) (remote check)

high Nessus Plugin ID 89108


The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing a security-related patch.


The remote ESX/ESXi host is missing a security-related patch. It is, therefore, affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability due to the use of an incorrect Access Control List (ACL) for the VMware Tools folder. An adjacent attacker can exploit this to gain elevated privileges on Windows-based guest operating systems.


Apply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 89108

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2012-0007_remote.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 3/3/2016

Updated: 1/6/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:A/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esx, cpe:/o:vmware:esxi

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/12/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/12/2012

Exploitable With

CANVAS (White_Phosphorus)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1518

BID: 53006

VMSA: 2012-0007