VMware ESX sudo Package Multiple Vulnerabilities (VMSA-2013-0007) (remote check)

high Nessus Plugin ID 89665


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 multiple vulnerabilities in the bundled version of sudo :

- An unspecified flaw exists in the sudo package related to the Network Matching Mechanism that is triggered when parsing IPv4 netmask hosts. A local attacker can exploit this to execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-2337)

- An arbitrary file overwrite vulnerability exists in sudo due to a race condition occurs in post-uninstall during the upgrade or removal of sudo packages. A local attacker can exploit this via a symlink attack against the /var/tmp/nsswitch.conf.bak file, allowing the attacker write to a specified file. (CVE-2012-3440)


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 89665

File Name: vmware_esx_VMSA-2013-0007_remote.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 3/4/2016

Updated: 11/15/2018

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A: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: 5/30/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/30/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2337, CVE-2012-3440

BID: 53569, 54868

VMSA: 2013-0007