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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 89664


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


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.


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.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 89664

File Name: vmware_esx_VMSA-2013-0004_remote.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 2016/03/04

Modified: 2016/03/07

Dependencies: 57396

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/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 Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/03/28

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/10/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5134

BID: 56684

OSVDB: 87882

VMSA: 2013-0004