VMware ESX / ESXi libxml2 RCE (VMSA-2013-0004) (remote check)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 89664
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Synopsis

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

Description

The remote VMware ESX / ESXi host is missing a security-related patch.
It is, therefore, affected by affected by a heap-based underflow condition in the bundled libxml2 library due to incorrect parsing of strings not containing an expected space. A remote attacker can exploit this, via a specially crafted XML document, to cause a denial of service condition or the execution of arbitrary code.

Solution

Apply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory that pertains to ESX version 4.0 / 4.1 or ESXi version 4.0 / 4.1.

See Also

https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2013-0004.html

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89664

File Name: vmware_esx_VMSA-2013-0004_remote.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 3/4/2016

Updated: 11/15/2018

Dependencies: vmware_vsphere_detect.nbin

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/28/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/29/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5134

BID: 56684

VMSA: 2013-0004