VMware vSphere Client XXE Injection Information Disclosure (VMSA-2016-0022)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 95657


The remote host has a virtualization client application installed that is affected by an information disclosure vulnerability.


The version of vSphere Client installed on the remote Windows host is affected by an information disclosure vulnerability due to an incorrectly configured XML parser accepting XML external entities (XXE) from an untrusted source. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this issue to disclose arbitrary files by convincing a user to connect to a malicious instance of a vCenter Server or ESXi host containing specially crafted XML data.


Upgrade to vSphere Client version 5.5 Update 3e / 6.0 Update 2a or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 95657

File Name: vsphere_client_vmsa_2016-0022.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2016/12/09

Modified: 2016/12/12

Dependencies: 64558

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 6

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:vsphere_client

Required KB Items: SMB/VMware vSphere Client/Installed

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/22

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/11/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7458

BID: 94483

OSVDB: 147773

VMSA: 2016-0022

IAVB: 2016-B-0182, 2016-B-0183