XML injection in VMware Tanzu Platform Automation Toolkit

Published: 2021-03-03
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-12761
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Platform Automation Toolkit
Other software / Other software solutions

Vendor VMware, Inc

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) XML injection

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-12761

CWE-ID: CWE-91 - XML Injection

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation when processing XML data in xdg/Menu.py before an eval call. A remote unauthenticated attacker can pass specially crafted XML data to the application and perform arbitrary actions on the system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Platform Automation Toolkit: before 4.0.13, 4.1.13, 4.2.8, 4.3.5

CPE External links


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.