Network Security, Vulnerability Management

VMware fixes stored XSS vulnerability in ESXi hypervisor


VMware on Wednesday patched an important vulnerability in its ESXi hypervisor, part of its suite of VSphere virtualization products, that could allow stored for cross-site scripting.

According to a VMware security advisory, attackers can exploit the flaw if they have permission to manage virtual machines through the ESXi Host Client, or if they con the vSphere administration into importing a specially crafted VM. Officially designated CVE-2016-7463, the vulnerability affects product versions 5.5 and 6.0, but not 6.5.

VMware has warned its users not to import VMs from untrusted sources. The company credited researcher Caleb Watt for discovering the issue.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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