VMware vSphere Data Protection Private SSH Key Authentication Bypass (VMSA-2016-0024)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 96338


A virtualization appliance installed on the remote host is affected by an authentication bypass vulnerability.


The version of VMware vSphere Data Protection installed on the remote host is 5.5.x / 5.8.x / 6.0.x / 6.1.x. It is, therefore, affected by an authentication bypass vulnerability due to the use of an SSH private key that has a known password and which is configured to allow key-based authentication. A remote attacker can exploit this to gain root login access via an SSH session.


Apply the appropriate patch according to the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 96338

File Name: vmware_VMSA-2016-0024.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Family: Misc.

Published: 2017/01/09

Modified: 2017/06/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:vmware:vsphere_data_protection

Required KB Items: Host/vSphere Data Protection/Version

Patch Publication Date: 2016/12/20

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/12/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7456

BID: 94990

OSVDB: 149056

VMSA: 2015-0024