VMware ESX Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2009-0008) (remote check)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 89114
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The remote host is missing a security-related patch.


The remote VMware ESX host is missing a security-related patch. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- An out-of-bounds read error exists in the MIT Kerberos SPNEGO implementation in the get_input_token() function.
A remote attacker can exploit this, via a crafted length value, to cause a denial of service or to obtain access to sensitive information. (CVE-2009-0844)

- A NULL pointer dereference flaw exists in MIT Kerberos in the spnego_gss_accept_sec_context() function when SPNEGO is used. A remote attacker can exploit this, via invalid ContextFlags data in the 'reqFlags' field within a 'negTokenInit' token, to cause a denial of service.

- A flaw exists in the MIT Kerberos ASN.1 GeneralizedTime decoder in the asn1_decode_generaltime() function. A remote attacker can exploit this, via vectors involving invalid DER encoding, to free an uninitialized pointer, resulting in a denial of service or the execution of arbitrary code. (CVE-2009-0846)


Apply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory that pertains to ESX version 3.5 / 4.0.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 89114

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2009-0008_remote.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 3/3/2016

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vsphere_detect.nbin

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:vmware:esx

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/30/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/8/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-0844, CVE-2009-0845, CVE-2009-0846

BID: 34408, 34257, 34409

VMSA: 2009-0008

CWE: 20, 119