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VMware vCenter Server Unauthenticated OVA File Upload RCE

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VMware vCenter Server Unauthenticated OVA File Upload RCE



This module exploits an unauthenticated OVA file upload and path traversal in VMware vCenter Server to write a JSP payload to a web-accessible directory. Fixed versions are 6.5 Update 3n, 6.7 Update 3l, and 7.0 Update 1c. Note that later vulnerable versions of the Linux appliance aren't exploitable via the webshell technique. Furthermore, writing an SSH public key to /home/vsphere-ui/.ssh/authorized_keys works, but the user's non-existent password expires 90 days after install, rendering the technique nearly useless against production environments. You'll have the best luck targeting older versions of the Linux appliance. The Windows target should work ubiquitously.


  • Mikhail Klyuchnikov
  • wvu <wvu@metasploit.com>
  • mr_me
  • Viss






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/multi/http/vmware_vcenter_uploadova_rce
msf exploit(vmware_vcenter_uploadova_rce) > show targets
msf exploit(vmware_vcenter_uploadova_rce) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(vmware_vcenter_uploadova_rce) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(vmware_vcenter_uploadova_rce) > exploit

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