VMware ESX / ESXi Tools Update Privilege Escalation (VMSA-2010-0018) (remote check)

high Nessus Plugin ID 89744
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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 an unspecified flaw in the Tools update functionality due to improper validation of user-supplied input. A local attacker with host operating system access can exploit this flaw to gain root privileges on the guess operating system.

Solution

Apply the appropriate patch as referenced in the vendor advisory that pertains to ESX version 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.1 or ESXi version 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.1.

See Also

http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000112.html

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 89744

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2010-0018_remote.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: remote

Published: 3/8/2016

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: vmware_vsphere_detect.nbin

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.8

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/2/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/2/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4297

BID: 45166

VMSA: 2010-0018