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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
VMware NSX-T updates address a privilege escalation
20 April 2021
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: Virtualisation
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2021-21981
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Advisory ID: VMSA-2021-0006
CVSSv3 Range: 7.5
Issue Date: 2021-04-19
Updated On: 2021-04-19 (Initial Advisory)
Synopsis: VMware NSX-T updates address a privilege escalation vulnerability
1. Impacted Products
o VMware NSX-T
A privilege escalation vulnerability in VMware NSX-T was privately reported to
VMware. Updates are available to remediate this vulnerability in affected
3. Privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2021-21981)
VMware NSX-T contains a privilege escalation vulnerability due to an issue with
RBAC (Role based access control) role assignment. VMware has evaluated this
issue to be 'Important' severity with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 7.5.
Known Attack Vectors
Successful exploitation of this issue may allow attackers with local guest user
account to assign privileges higher than their own permission level.
To remediate CVE-2021-21981 apply the patches listed in the 'Fixed Version'
column of the 'Response Matrix' found below.
Workarounds for CVE-2021-21981 have been listed in the 'Workarounds' column of
the 'Response Matrix' below.
 To exploit this issue, NSX Enterprise administrator must activate the local
guest user account. It is not activated by default.
 This issue affects only version 3.1.1. Other versions are not affected.
Product Version Running CVE Identifier CVSSv3 Severity Fixed Workarounds Additional
On Version Documentation
NSX-T 3.1.1 Any CVE-2021-21981 7.5 important 3.1.2 KB83047 None
VMware NSX-T 3.1.2
Downloads and Documentation:
Mitre CVE Dictionary Links:
FIRST CVSSv3 Calculator:
5. Change Log
Initial security advisory.
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