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VMWare Aria Operations for Networks (vRealize Network Insight) pre-authenticated RCE

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VMWare Aria Operations for Networks (vRealize Network Insight) pre-authenticated RCE



VMWare Aria Operations for Networks (vRealize Network Insight) is vulnerable to command injection when accepting user input through the Apache Thrift RPC interface. This vulnerability allows a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system as the root user. The RPC interface is protected by a reverse proxy which can be bypassed. VMware has evaluated the severity of this issue to be in the Critical severity range with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 9.8. A malicious actor can get remote code execution in the context of 'root' on the appliance. VMWare 6.x version are vulnerable. This module exploits the vulnerability to upload and execute payloads gaining root privileges. Successfully tested against version 6.8.0.


  • Sina Kheirkhah
  • Anonymous with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
  • h00die




cmd, x64


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/linux/http/vmware_vrni_rce_cve_2023_20887
msf exploit(vmware_vrni_rce_cve_2023_20887) > show targets
msf exploit(vmware_vrni_rce_cve_2023_20887) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(vmware_vrni_rce_cve_2023_20887) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(vmware_vrni_rce_cve_2023_20887) > exploit

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