VMware ESXi contains an unauthorized access vulnerability due to VMX having access to settingsd authorization tickets. A malicious actor with privileges within the VMX process only, may be able to access settingsd service running as a high privileged user.
Published 2022-02-16 17:15:11
Updated 2022-02-25 18:08:00
Source VMware
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Vulnerability category: Bypass

Threat overview for CVE-2021-22042

Top countries where our scanners detected CVE-2021-22042
Top open port discovered on systems with this issue 443
IPs affected by CVE-2021-22042 4,296
Threat actors abusing to this issue? Yes
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Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2021-22042

Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days: 0.04%

Percentile, the proportion of vulnerabilities that are scored at or less: ~ 10 % EPSS Score History EPSS FAQ

CVSS scores for CVE-2021-22042

Base Score Base Severity CVSS Vector Exploitability Score Impact Score Score Source
4.6
MEDIUM AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
3.9
6.4
NIST
7.8
HIGH CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
1.8
5.9
NIST

CWE ids for CVE-2021-22042

  • The product performs an authorization check when an actor attempts to access a resource or perform an action, but it does not correctly perform the check. This allows attackers to bypass intended access restrictions.
    Assigned by: nvd@nist.gov (Primary)

References for CVE-2021-22042

Products affected by CVE-2021-22042

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